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Don’t drink and drive or text in Minnesota

Posted in Misc Crime August 5th, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

Right after the new Minnesota texting law (see – New law hits texting violators in Minnesota) went into effect, the police pulled over a 25-year old driver in Cass County who was speeding at 80 mph and drifted into a wrong lane while text messaging a friend. But it didn’t stop there, this driver was arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving.

According to the Star Tribune the driver was traveling in the wrong lane when he approached the Cass County deputy’s squad car on Hwy. 371 near Walker. The driver swerved to avoid hitting the squad car, then took off at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour before pulling over.

This traffic incident was part of Operation NightCAP, a twice-monthly operation that focuses on catching drunk drivers. Not only will the driver be charged with drinking and driving and speeding but also charged with operating a motor vehicle while using a wireless communication device to write, read or send an electronic message. The fine for this violation is up to $300.

The moral of the story is don’t text message from your speeding car especially if you are drunk.

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