If you foolishly try to text and drive, take heed as extra eyes will be watching for you starting Monday, April 8. Law enforcement agencies across Minnesota will be targeting distract drivers from April 8 through April 29.

Since 2012 there has been a 459% increase in texting citations. Texting and driving citations increased by 30% from 2017 to 2018 seeing a jump from 7,357 citations in 2017 to 9,545 in 2018. Keep in mind that texting and driving isn't the only type of distracted driving.Other things to consider include using a passenger as a co-pilot if a map or directions are needed. Try to avoid eating and drinking when behind the wheel and put your cell phone in  a place where you can't answer it while driving.

Over the span covering 2013-2017 in Minnesota, distracted or inattentive driving was a contributing factor in one in five crashes resulting in 216 serious injuries each year.

Remember, someone is watching you.

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