State officials address impaired drivingby Minnesota News Network, MNN
Rochester, Minn. — Sate and local safety officials are gathering in Rochester to discuss speeding, impaired driving and distracted driving.
State Traffic Safety Director Cherie Marti said those are issues at the top the agenda for the "think session" Tuesday and Wednesday.
She said the group wants to reduce highway deaths. And she said they plan to ask state lawmakers to pass a mandatory seat belt law next session, among other measures.
"We do currently have a legislative initiative to look at ignition interlock systems, looking at how can we assure that drivers convicted of impaired driving, how can we get them to not get back on the road with impairment," Marti said.
Marti said officials are trying to reduce annual traffic deaths by 400 by the year 2010. She said there has been a 22 percent drop in road fatalities since 2003.