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Vehicle Crash Deaths Up 38% in South Dakota in 2020

Every car accident fatality is a tragedy, and unfortunately, South Dakota saw a sharp increase in the number of motor vehicle deaths in 2020. The state’s Department of Public Safety recently released a report detailing last year’s traffic accident statistics, and the information is important for all South Dakota residents to know. South Dakota Accident…


2020 was a Deadly Year on Minnesota Roads – Here are Tips for Driving Safe in Winter Weather

Hundreds of Minnesotans die in car accidents every year, but 2020 was a particular bad year for traffic fatalities. Unfortunately, almost 400 people in the state passed away due to car wrecks. Most traffic accidents are preventable, and being aware of safe driving strategies can save lives. Learning to drive safely in winter weather is…


South Dakota Traffic Deaths Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Officials in South Dakota stated that deaths due to traffic accidents increased this year by 38%, but the number of miles that people have been driving this year have gone down considerably. Tony Mangan is the spokesman for South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety, and he announced recently that 58 South Dakotans died in car…


Car Crash Death Rates Increase in Minnesota during Coronavirus Shutdown

The most dreaded task for any Minnesota State Patrol officer is letting family members know that their loved one was killed in a car accident. Even though lockdowns have slowed down overall traffic significantly, an astounding number of individuals are still being injured and killed in motor vehicle accidents. Those who are driving these days…


How To Purchase Minnesota Auto Insurance

Insurance is what you purchase to protect yourself and your family from unexpected disasters. When purchasing this protection, you should consider who you want to protect. All Minnesota policies include Liability, Uninsured, Underinsured and Personal Injury Protection. Liability coverage protects your and your family’s assets from a complete stranger. For example, if you or your…


Tips for Driving Safely on Snowy Winter Roads

Although there are more fatal car crashes during the summer months in the Upper Midwest than during the winter, the cold season holds potential for disaster on the roads. Blowing snow and icy roads can make driving particularly hazardous even if you consider yourself to be an incredibly safe driver. Be sure to follow these…


Auto Accident Crashes, Fatalities on Downward Trend in North Dakota

North Dakota experienced fewer automobile crashes in 2018 than 2017, and there were 11 fewer deaths. This trend began in 2013 when there were nearly 20,000 crashes. It is fervently hoped that the crashes and deaths continue to drop as North Dakota continues to invest in driving safety awareness programs. State officials point to several…


Staying Safe During the 100 Deadliest Days on Minnesota Roads

This summer, there have been more than 130 traffic fatalities on Minnesota’s roadways. Officials have recently taken a few actions to help improve safety, including passing a new hands-free cell phone law and cracking down on drunk drivers. Nonetheless, the increased number of vehicles on the highway still creates a dangerous environment. Here are a…


Distracted Driving: Hands-Free Law Goes into Effect Aug. 1, 2019 in Minnesota

New hands-free bill promises to make Minnesota roads safer For decades, the rate of serious accidents on U.S. roadways fell. But over the last eight years, that trend has seen a discouraging reversal. And one of the main factors driving the increased risk of serious crashes is distracted driving. Distracted driving is a serious problem…


Minnesota House Passes Hands-Free Cell Phone Bill Ahead of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

On March 18th, 2019, the Minnesota House passed a bill requiring all drivers in the state to use hands-free devices while making phone calls. This legislation makes it illegal for Minnesota drivers to use handheld devices to make or receive calls, which is a measure that state legislators hope will reduce the distressingly high rate…


Motor Vehicle Fatalities Decreased in North Dakota in 2018

In 2018, 104 people lost their lives as a result of motor vehicle accidents in North Dakota. This number represents a decrease of 10 percent according to the information provided by the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. While state authorities are encouraged by this decrease, they explain that even…


Minnesota Records 300th Traffic Fatality of 2018

How Can You Stay Safe on Minnesota Roads? Unsafe driving behaviors often lead to tragic outcomes. To promote road safety and prevent death and injury, it’s helpful to face the facts about traffic fatalities and their causes. In Minnesota, over 300 people have already died in traffic accidents this year. Last year, Minnesota reached the…


Father’s Day Weekend Was the Deadliest on Minnesota Roads Since 2016

Father’s Day is meant to be a day of fun on which people show appreciation to their fathers, but this day became deadly for too many people this year. In fact, Father’s Day weekend of 2018 was the deadliest on Minnesota roads since 2016. Between Friday and Saturday, 11 motorists lost their lives in fatal…


Fatal Car Accidents in South Dakota Experience a 60 Percent Increase

The highways in South Dakota have become more deadly this year, according to a report from the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety. During the first five months of 2018, there was a 60 percent increase in the number of fatal accidents in South Dakota over the number that happened during the same time period…


Staying Safe After a Crash on the Highway

The moments after a car accident can be confusing and scary. The high speeds and heavy traffic that come with highway driving make the situation even more overwhelming. Follow these tips to stay safe and protect yourself after a highway crash. 1. Stay at the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident can result in…


April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Although many people feel like technology is making them safer on the road, it could be putting their lives at risk. Infotainment dashboards, cell phones and hands-free technology are making driving more dangerous. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Use this time to educate yourself and others about the importance of focusing on the road….


2,656 Holiday DWI Arrests in Minnesota Highlight the Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Minnesota law enforcement agencies worked with the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) during the 2017 winter holidays to crack down on impaired driving. In an effort to decrease the number of deaths and create a safe environment for all on the state’s roads, agencies boosted enforcement efforts during the period of…


Traffic Fatalities Declining Across Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota

2017 was one of the safest years in recent memory on the roads of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota as drivers appear to have implemented safer-driving methods while traversing the roads.  The figures in Minnesota were especially encouraging as the number of fatalities in 2017 (348) was the lowest since 1943 (274) and…


Winter Driving – Tips for Staying Safe on the Road

Minnesotans know that winter driving presents its own unique set of challenges and safety hazards. Prudent motorists that value their personal and financial well-being can take precautions to manage risk. Here are a few tips that will help keep you safe behind the wheel this winter. Keep an Emergency Kit in the Trunk If a…


Car Accidents Impacted by Speed and Distracted Driving During Summer

Each time you get behind the wheel of a car or truck, you have a responsibility to yourself and others to operate your vehicle in a safe way that won’t cause harm. While most people understand the importance of driving at a safe speed during the winter months, the warm and sunny skies of summer…

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