Unmarked Squads to Help Minnesota State Patrol Crack Down on Distracted Driving

The Minnesota State Patrol is adding five unmarked squad cars to the force in an effort to target distracted drivers. 

Last year, distracted driving led to 61 deaths and more than 7,000 injuries on Minnesota roads.  In the last three months, the Minnesota State Patrol has investigated at least two deadly crashes where distracted driving is believed to have been a factor. 

So far this year, police have stopped 3,467 for texting and driving, compared to 180 in 2008.

The Department of Public Safety says by adding the unmarked cars, motorists who text and drive will know troopers could be watching at anytime.  

The troopers driving the unmarked squads will be assigned to Mankato, Marshall, the east and west Metro, and Brainerd. 

If you are caught texting and driving, you can face a $50 fine. Drivers face a $225 fine for second and subsequent violations. 

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