Happy New Year! As everyone heads out to parties and gatherings on the last night of the year, the roads become crowded with travelers and party-goers. New Year's Eve is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for drivers. Many people drive home late, sometimes after spending the night drinking at a party or bar.
Minnesota's no-texting law states it is illegal for drivers to read, create or send texts, e-mails or access the internet when a vehicle is in motion, part of traffic, or at a stop sign, stop light or stopped in traffic. Yet last year in Minnesota, 17,598 crashes were caused by distracted driving. 68 were fatal and 8,038 had injuries. Even though Minnesota's no-texting law was passed in 2009, more and more drivers have been caught texting each year.