Posts tagged with "Office of Traffic Safety"

Extra Enforcement Results in a Significant Jump in Citations for Texting and Driving

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 27, 2015

A motorist accelerates from a stop light with a cigarette in one hand, a phone in the other and no hands on the wheel. Drivers are looking down at their phones for several seconds to send or read a text message. Law enforcement officers encountered these types of distractions during the extra distracted driving enforcement […]

Deadly weekend for motorcyclists in Minnesota

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 20, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety reports five motorcyclists have died on Minnesota roads since Wednesday, April 15. Three of the deaths happened Saturday. Four of the five riders were not wearing a helmet. • On April 15, a 23-year-old motorcyclist died after sideswiping a vehicle while changing lanes on I-35E […]

January marks record low month for traffic deaths on Minnesota roads

Posted by HBC Newsdesk February 6, 2015

Last month was one of the safest on Minnesota roads since 1984, when the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety started keeping statistics electronically. According to the latest preliminary numbers, nine people lost their lives in January 2015 crashes. Lowest Monthly Totals To Date (1984-2015) • January 2015 – 9 (Preliminary as […]

New rules for new drivers take effect January 1

Posted by HBC Newsdesk December 18, 2014

A new law that takes effect on January 1 will better prepare teens before they get their driver’s licenses and provide parents with resources to help their teens become safer drivers. The graduated driver’s license law (GDL) is designed to ease inexperienced drivers into the driving environment. There are three phases: Instruction Permit, Provisional License, […]

Local officer recognized for issuing life-saving ticket

Posted by HBC Newsdesk October 10, 2014

How much can a seat belt violation citation be worth? For a young man from Taylor, Wisconsin the answer is your life. At a special ceremony held Thursday in front of the Winona County Law Enforcement Center, Winona County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Murphy was recognized for issuing a life saving ticket by officials with the […]

Nearly 17,000 speeding tickets issued statewide during speed enforcement campaign

Posted by HBC Newsdesk August 5, 2014

The Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS) coordinated an enhanced enforcement and education program July 10 – 27 to help drivers recognize the importance of obeying the speed limit. Preliminary reports show 16,926 citations were issued for excessive speed by 310 law enforcement agencies across the state. According to DPS/OTS reporting agencies […]

Two area officers to be honored as DWI Enforcer All-Stars at tonights Twins game

Posted by HBC Newsdesk July 24, 2014

A Red Wing Police officer and a Winona County Sheriff’s deputy are among 37 law enforcement officers and prosecutors being recognized as DWI Enforcer All-Stars before tonight’s Minnesota Twins game at Target Field. This is the seventh DWI Enforcer All-Star team of Minnesota officers and prosecutors selected for outstanding service in enforcement and prosecution of […]

Speed enforcement patrols begin today

Posted by HBC Newsdesk July 10, 2014

Excuses like “I didn’t know I was speeding.” “There must be something wrong with my speedometer.” “I’m not from around here.” won’t fly with Minnesota law enforcement officers during the statewide speed enforcement campaign that begins today and continues through July 27. Nearly 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to combat traffic crashes, […]

Over 100 drivers cited for not buckling during latest Click It or Ticket

Posted by HBC Newsdesk June 10, 2014

Winona County law enforcement agencies cited 109 unbelted drivers from May 19–June 1 as part of a Click It or Ticket seat belt education and enforcement campaign. Winona County law enforcement agencies also cited 1 parent and/or caregiver for child seat violations. Statewide 10,874 seat belt citations and 279 child seat citations were issued according […]

Over 500 cited for distracted driving during enforcement effort

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 22, 2014

Minnesota law enforcement agencies cited 550 drivers for texting as part of an enhanced enforcement and education campaign for distracted driving during April 11-20. According to preliminary information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the 10-day event also included: • 1,394 citations for not wearing seat belts • 25 […]

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