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Minnesota sees record level of struck patrol vehicles

It is important for drivers here in Minnesota to exercise care when driving near police cars, including following the “move over” rules when such vehicles are on the shoulder with their lights on. Being accused of acting improperly could lead to serious consequences. And police in the state very well may be especially on the lookout for unsafe conduct around stopped police cars due to a trend that this year has been seeing: An increase in state patrol vehicles getting hit.

According to recent numbers, so far this year, there have been 32 incidents of a vehicle hitting a Minnesota state trooper car. All involved stopped patrol vehicles.

This is already the highest annual total the state has seen, and there are still over two months left for the year.

What do you think is behind this increase? How do you think police in the state will respond to this trend? What do you think such responses will end up meaning for Minnesota drivers?

Being accused of striking a police car or of engaging in unsafe conduct around such a vehicle could lead to a driver facing a range of charges. Depending on the circumstances, this could include charges of drunk driving or other dangerous driving. The penalties for a conviction on such charges can be severe. So, when facing such allegations, how strong of a defense a person has matters greatly. Skilled criminal defense attorneys can help individuals accused of drunk driving or other unsafe conduct out of the roads understand their defense options and pursue strategies for protecting their rights, interests and future.

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