Patrol sharpens focus on commercial vehicles

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The Minnesota State Patrol is focusing their enforcement efforts on commercial vehicles starting this weekend.

The patrol will run the increased enforcement campaign through the week.

WCCO reports that the extra enforcement is to remind all drivers about safely sharing the road.

The patrol says last year that 395 people lost their lives as the result of traffic crashes in Minnesota, 56 of those fatalities were the result of crashes involving commercial trucks.

In total there were nearly 3,789 crashes last year involving commercial trucks, those accidents resulted in 1,178 injuries.

State Patrol Capt. Matt Sokol said that crashes involving commercial and passenger vehicles often have a life-changing effect on everyone involved. Sokol says that drivers and commercial drivers need to safely share the road and to avoid distracted driving.

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