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Senator Klobuchar Discusses Distracted Driving with Minnesota Students, Safety Leaders, and Impacted Families

Several of Klobuchar’s key provisions to crack down on distracted driving were included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the first long-term transportation bill passed by Congress in a decade; Klobuchar was joined by leading distraction-free driving advocate Vijay Dixit and students from high school groups that his foundation helped launch.

Over the month of April, National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Minnesota law enforcement issued nearly 1,000 citations for distracted driving; in 2015, texting and other forms of distracted driving contributed to 74 deaths on Minnesota roads

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – On Thursday, May 5, 2016, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar joined with Minnesota high school students, safety leaders, researchers, and Vijay Dixit, a leading distraction-free driving advocate, to highlight the dangers of distracted driving. In December 2015, the first long-term transportation bill passed by Congress in over a decade was signed into law. The major bipartisan legislation included several Klobuchar-authored provisions to crack down on distracted driving, including increased funding for states to enact and enforce distracted driving laws. At Thursday’s event, Klobuchar will be joined by high school students from two of the clubs launched by Dixit’s foundation, which are dedicated to ending distracted driving. Students will be given the opportunity to test drive the Center for Transportation Studies’ distracted driving simulator.

This April, Minnesota law enforcement issued nearly 1,000 citations for distracted driving. Last year, texting and other forms of distracted driving contributed to at least 74 fatalities on Minnesota roads.