Minn. launches no-texting-while-driving campaign
St. Paul, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials want motorists to put down the cell phone and drive.
Nearly 100 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will conduct a one-day crackdown on distracted driving Thursday.
The state Department of Public Safety plans a news conference to announce Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proclaimed "Distraction Free Driving Day."
The department's Office of Traffic Safety also is launching a print and radio campaign to educate drivers about Minnesota's two-year-old law banning texting while driving.
The campaign includes print ads that compare texting thumbs to dangerous weapons.
Officials say driver distraction is a leading factor in crashes in Minnesota - accounting for about a quarter of all crashes annually.
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