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'Spring Forward' Safely

​Don't just turn your clocks ahead one hour this weekend. Check these eight tasks off your to-do list to help keep your family safe.

Don't Forget to Deduct Your State Vehicle License Fee

​About to file your taxes? Don't forget about this tax deduction!

Minnesotans can deduct a portion of their state vehicle license fee when itemizing deductions on their federal return. Just plug in your driver license or license plate number on this website to find out how much you paid for tabs in 2014.

Don’t Forget to Test Your Smoke Alarm

​Three minutes. That is approximately how long it takes to test 10 alarms (smoke, heat and carbon monoxide) in a standard home. Smoke alarms save lives — but only if they work. Have you tested yours this month?

Got An Idea To Improve Traffic Safety? Let Us Know.

​If you have an idea to save lives and reduce injuries on Minnesota roads, we want to hear from you. The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is seeking new proposals to change drivers’ behavior. The OTS is particularly interested in reducing impaired driving (from prescription drugs, illegal drugs, alcohol) and distracted driving. The informal idea solicitation form provides information on how to submit your idea. Deadline is 4 p.m. on March 16.

Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center Courses Open for Registration

The snow is still falling, but it’s time to start thinking about dusting off and honing your motorcycle skills to prepare for the upcoming riding season. Schedules are posted and registration is open for all Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) courses. There are some new courses to look for this year including the Motorcycle Road Guard Course and 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course. Review the 2015 Rider Training Brochure to learn more about each training opportunity, choose a training site and register for a course.


Video Description: Trooper Kristie Sue Hathaway was responding to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 494 on a snowy day in January when her squad car was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Help keep troopers and other motorists safe. Move over — it’s the law!