ST. PAUL, Minn. – Distracted driving citations climbed for the fourth straight year during a spring enforcement campaign.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) says more than 300 law enforcement agencies took part in the effort that ran from April 9 to April 22. 1,576 motorists were cited for texting and driving, compared to 1,017 during the same campaign in 2017. There were also 1,883 seat belt violations spotted, up from 1,517 the year before.
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office handed out 49 citations during the campaign, the third highest total in Greater Minnesota.
Officials say when this distracted driving enforcement campaign began in 2015, 909 people were cited for texting and driving and the number has increased every year since. The DPS also says distracted driving is a factor in 20 percent of all crashes in Minnesota, causing an average of 59 deaths and 223 serious injuries a year.