Coalition to hold forum on distracted driving April 27

Distracted driving is a national epidemic: More than 3,000 people die and over 400,000 are injured each year as a result of motor vehicle crashes involving distracted driving. In Minnesota, distracted or inattentive driving is a factor in one out of four crashes, resulting in 70 deaths and 350 injuries each year, according to the Minnesota’s Office of Traffic Safety.

 

At any given moment there are 660,000 vehicles being driven by someone using a handheld device. That’s a frightening statistic and helps explain why more than 20 percent of teens surviving fatal accidents report being distracted at the time of the crash.

 

This is not a problem that just affects teens – it’s everyone’s problem, said Lakeville attorney Art Kosieradzki, an expert on distracted driving injury cases.

 

Join Kosieradzki, Lakeville Police and the Dakota County Attorney’s office at 7 p.m. April 27 for a free, interactive presentation on the dangers of distracted driving and what every driver can do to prevent it. This must-see presentation is designed for parents and drivers of all ages to open their eyes to the problem.

 

Refreshments and a question and answer session will follow the presentation.

 

The event also is sponsored by Lakeville Area Public Schools and Lakeville Community Education.

 

If you go:
What: Ending the distracted driving epidemic
When: 7 p.m. April 27
Where: Kenwood Trail Middle School, 19455 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville
Cost: Free
Additional information: Refreshments and a question and answer session will follow the presentation.

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