If you imbibe, take a Smart Ride
If you plan to imbibe this weekend then plan on using the Smart Ride program. This weekend marks the kick off of a sober cab program where you can get a ride home for just $5 within Northfield. Participating restaurants and bars will display a Smart Ride sign in a window. In some cases, bartenders will provide passes for free shuttle rides home.
The free passes will be offered at a bartender’s discretion and can include a temporary parking permit so the driver’s car won’t be towed until after noon the following day. The program is a cooperative effort of the Rice County Chemical Health and Safe Roads coalitions, College City Beverages, nine bars/restaurants and First Choice Shuttle. First Choice Shuttle is reimbursed for the free rides with the money coming from College City Beverages, the alcohol-serving establishments and DWI forfeiture money. Northfield is the 1st community in Rice County to have this program. If it works well here, they’ll expand to Faribault and other communities.
The deadline for Pre-registration for the Primary election is July 24th
July 24th is the deadline for eligible voters to pre-register to vote in the Primary Election in August. Voter registration applications are available at Northfield City Hall, the Rice County Auditor-Treasurer’s and Dakota County service centers. Applications are also available for printing on the Secretary of State’s website (www.sos.state.mn.us). Pre-registration expedites voting on Election Day.
Half of teenage drivers text while on the road
A recent study found that more than half of teens, text while driving. Senator Amy Klobuchar called for immediate action to pass transportation legislation to include provisions to improve teen driver safety. Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn says he and his officers are seeing it more and more all over the county. Adults are also doing it. They find that a lot of crashes are inattentive driving. Where it used to be putting a cd in the player, it’s now “I was looking at my phone”. The phones have become a part of the kids. Part of the provisions involved in the bill Klobuchar is endorsing include graduated driving privileges. Dunn says that Drivers Ed teachers that he’s talked with think it’s a good idea. He added that during the seatbelt enforcement sweep last month they did write some tickets. He’d like to see that change to no tickets.
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