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Winter Driving Information
MN Department of Transportation
Motorists are reminded to drive with caution and be prepared for changing weather conditions.
MnDOT snowplow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:
- Check road conditions at 511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Stay back at least five, and preferably 10, car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
- Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Plows may also travel over centerlines or partially into traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.
National Center for Statistics and Analysis Reports from January 2018
2016 Speeding Traffic Safety Fact Sheet
There were 37,461 traffic fatalities in 2016. Among them, 10,111 (27%) were in crashes where at least one driver was speeding. The number of speeding-related fatalities in 2016 increased by 4 percent from 2015, from 9,723 to 10,111, while the total number of fatalities increased by 5.6 percent from 2015 to 2016.
Occupant Restraint Use In 2016: Results From the NOPUS Controlled Intersection Study
The 2016 NOPUS found that seat belt use continued to be higher for females (92.5%) than for males (88.2%). Seat belt use among female drivers increased from 90.7 percent in 2015 to 92.5 percent in 2016. Seat belt use in the rear seat (80.6%) was lower than in the front seat (90.1%).