Each year in Minnesota, distracted or inattentive driving is a factor in one in four crashes, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 serious injuries.
Know the Law
It is illegal for drivers in Minnesota to read, compose or send text messages and emails, or access the Internet using a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic – including stopped in traffic or at a traffic light.
Turn off cell phones or place them out of sight, program favorite radio stations, adjust mirrors and temperature, and program navigational units before traveling. Try to avoid consuming food/beverages while driving. Teach children the importance of good behavior in a vehicle. Get more information about these and other traffic safety tips.
Traffic crashes are the number-one killer of Minnesota teens — each year, more than 30 teens (ages 16–19) are killed on Minnesota roads. Teens are at greatest risk on the road due to inexperience, risk-taking behind the wheel, speeding and distracted driving. Teens also have the lowest seat belt use rate of all age groups.
Recent Updates to Teen Driving Laws
On January 1, 2015, drivers with permits will be required to have 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training with their parents or another adult, which is 20 hours more than the 30 hours that were required previously, before taking a license test. Parents also have the option to take the informative class. If they do, they can reduce the hours behind the wheel to 40.
New video Explains Minnesota's Teen Driving Laws
Produced by the National Safety Council for the MInnesota Safety Council's Teen Safe Driving Coalition, the GDL Made Simple video highlights Minnesota's Graduated Driver's License laws.
Get more valuable information on teen driving, including laws and driving tips to keep your teen safe.
Everyone ages differently, however, the older we are, the risks behind the wheel increase--with the possibility of declining cognitive, vision and physical abilities. Older drivers in general are safe — drivers age 65 and older made up 16 percent of all licensed drivers in 2009, but were involved in 8 percent of all crashes.
Older drivers are more likely to get killed or injured because they are more likely to be physically fragile and less able to recover from injuries. In fact, one out of every five traffic fatalities in Minnesota is a person age 65 or older.
Get more information on older drivers, including addressing problems with older family members.
Southshore Center offers AAA Defensive Driving classes for seniors 55+.Drivers learn defensive driving techniques and are often eligible for insurance discounts.