Fishing opener creates traffic safety concerns
BAXTER — The fishing opener weekend of May 10-11 will be a busy traffic period, especially in northern Minnesota.
“Some of the main concerns are drivers who are not paying attention, following too closely and speeding, especially around the lakes areas,” said Sgt. Curt Mowers, Minnesota State Patrol regional public information officer, in a news release. “Drivers are strongly encouraged to buckle up, take your time and pay strict attention to your driving.”
Drivers also are asked to keep an eye on their following distance and stay back far enough to prevent a crash with the vehicle ahead.
“Normally, the three-second following distance rule is taught, but many northbound travelers during the fishing opener and all summer are pulling trailers with boats or ATV’s (all-terrain vehicles), campers ... all of which would require following at a distance of at least 500 feet, which would be farther back than the three-second rule,” Mowers said.
Motorists should be aware of all the safety rules for trailers, trailer equipment and for all special mobile equipment they are transporting to the area for recreation. Safe operation begins with the driver taking personal responsibility for their own actions behind the wheel as well as making sure that all vehicle loads are secure.
“Just slow down, buckle up, drive sober and pay attention, and we can all be a lot safer this fishing opener,” Mowers said.