Nurses say Minnesota roads getting safer

The Emergency Nurses Association says Minnesota leads in making its roads safer.

North Dakota is the only state to have made no progress in improving highway safety in the past couple of years, the nurses reported. Iowa was barely ahead of North Dakota while Wisconsin was just behind Minnesota in making good progress.

The national group looked at 14 types of laws being passed, including cracking down on distracted driving. Other criteria the nurses used included seat belt use, child passenger safety, graduated driver licensing for teens, all-rider motorcycle helmet requirements and ignition interlock devices to prevent drunk driving. Minnesota has made progress in most of those areas.

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