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Update: One-third of Commercial Drivers Have Yet to Comply With State and Federal Law, Time is Running Out

Early in the year I had blogged that Minnesota commercial licensed drivers needed to comply with federal and state regulation or lose their driving privileges.  I also told you it had to happen before the end of January.  There are still one-third of drivers that have not yet complied.  If you're in that number take action now!

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Interview With MN Department of Transportation About Snow Plowing in Duluth

A major snow storm has us all hunkered down in our area.  That is unless you have to go to work or school...  So it's nice to know how hard our snow plow truck drivers are working.   But did you know that the Duluth MNDOT office covers Roads from south of Pine City to Canada?   We had a chance today to talk with Pat Houston from MN DOT about snow plowing, driver safety, and things we may not have known.

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It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week, Attend the FREE Northland Child Seat Clinic Today [VIDEO]

More children die in motor vehicle crashes than from all childhood diseases combined. In the past 10 years, 71 children ages 0-7 were killed, of those only 34% were properly restrained. It's National Child Passenger Safety Week, take the time to get your car seat  checked for free.  The few minutes you take out of your life now, may save the life of your child in the future.

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You’re Probably Merging Wrong During Road Construction, Do The Zipper Merge [VIDEO]

Excuse me, but I'm getting frustrated.   Every road construction season we go over the same thing.  You're supposed to do the ZIPPER merge.  That means when a lane is closed up ahead during road construction, you're not all suppose to immediately get into the other lane.  The problem is that if you follow these directions, ignorant people will try to cut you off or get road rage with you.  Spread the word and the following video:

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What is Black Ice? What Do You Do When You Encounter Black Ice?

We hear of black ice, but you don't SEE it.  That's because it's defined as "invisible".  It forms when air temperature is warmer than the temperature of the pavement. This creates a thin layer of transparent ice on the roadway.   Because of this, drivers are completely unaware of it's presence.  Here's tips on what to do, when you encounter black ice, from the MN Department of Transportation.

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Blatnik Bridge Lighting Project Open House Scheduled August 29th In Duluth

It's a chance to get the inside scoop on the lighting of the Blatnik Bridge.  We've received word from the Minnesota Department Of Transportation that the public is invited to an open house to learn more about a new lighting system being designed for the Blatnik Bridge in Duluth.  The new lighting system will replace the original lighting system that had previously lit the center span on the bridge.

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I-35 Lane Closure Could Effect You Tomorrow & Wednesday

According to the MN Department of Transportation, the next two days might be a good time to try out that new route to work, you've been considering.  You have been warned!

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