Watch: Driver swerves at the last second to avoid head-on crash

A terrifyingly close call on a Minnesota highway.
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Here's some terrifying video shared by the Minnesota State Patrol.

A driver in southern Minnesota caught it on dashcam – a vehicle coming from the other direction on a two-lane highway, crossing the yellow line and nearly slamming into him head-on.

Take a look:

In a lengthier Facebook post, the State Patrol explains the person who sent in the video was on Highway 63 between Rochester and Millville Saturday morning.

"He sent us the footage to help people realize how important it is to always be focused behind the wheel," the State Patrol wrote on Facebook.

Distracted driving is bad

People have been caught Snapchatting, texting and even holding a chicken while trying to drive on the road. And sometimes you get a horror story like this – drinking coffee, doing hair, and applying make-up during a trip.

All of which are bad behaviors, considering distracted driving is a contributing factor in one out of every four crashes in Minnesota, the Department of Public Safety says. That results in at least 70 deaths and 350 serious injuries every year, according to their estimates.

Men tended to be distracted more often than women. And people between the ages of 16 and 29 had the highest distraction rate, at 35 percent, according to a 2015 study.

What's legal and illegal?

In Minnesota, it’s illegal for drivers to send a text or email or access the internet while the vehicle is part of traffic – meaning drivers shouldn’t be reaching for their phone while waiting at a red light. 

A motorist could face a $50 fine plus court fees for their first texting-and-driving offense, and $275 in fines for additional offenses.

But texting and driving isn’t the only distraction. 

Adjusting music, eating or drinking, reading, and other tasks can cause drivers to take their attention off the road, which can be dangerous or even fatal.

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