Winona County law enforcement agencies will conduct extra enforcement starting Friday through April 18th in an effort to reduce distracted driving.
Local law enforcement agencies are highlighting the issue during the prom and graduation seasons. In the last three years distracted teen drivers were involved in crashes that resulted in 25 deaths and 4,505 injuries across Minnesota.
Driver distraction is a leading crash factor in Minnesota, accounting for around 20 percent of all crashes annually, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 injuries.
In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts/emails, and access the Web on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic, such as at a stoplight or stuck in traffic. It is also illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time.