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Do people really drive like this? Yes, they really do

Peepholes are great for sizing up those who knock on your home or apartment door, but not so great when it comes to driving.

Yet we've all seen these knuckleheads who don't scrape off their windows or clear their car of snow before cruising down the highway at warp speed putting themselves and fellow motorists in danger.

It seems this would be common sense, but apparently not.  It happens so often that the State Patrol on Monday had to put out a stern reminder clear their windshields, and rear and side windows before hitting the roads.

"Don’t be this guy! You know snow is coming. Be ready. Law requires your vision to be unobstructed. And lights on!" the State Patrol said.

Not only is the law watching for you, those who flaunt the law are drawing the ire from other drivers.

"I cannot stress enough how important it is to wipe ALL of the snow off your vehicle. It is really bad when you are behind someone who has not even wiped off the roof and they are blinding you,"wrote Lisa Austin on the patrol's Facebook page. "Or when someone only has a small portion of their window wiped off in the front or back people don't understand how dangerous this really is not only for them but for other people because they can't be seen."

Should you see this guy, feel free to call 911. And then snapa a photo, if you can do so safely, and send them to drive@startribune.com. 

DNR soliciting designs for new specialty license plates

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release a new specialty plate this fall and it's asking the public to design it.

“We’re looking for an image that captures the essence of Minnesota state parks and trails,” said Erika Rivers, director of the Parks and Trails Division at the Department of Natural Resources. “These special places have been around for 125 years, and purchasing the new license plates will be a great way to show everyone on the road that you ‘go the extra mile’ to support them.”

Entries will be accepted from Monday, May 2, until 4 p.m. Friday, May 6. A panel of judges will evaluate entries based on criteria such as creativity, quality, representation of Minnesota state parks and trails and suitability as a license plate image. Three finalists will be put up for an online vote.

The new license plates, which provide free entry to all of the state’s parks and recreation areas, are expected to be available in October. The cost of the new plates will start at $60, plus tax. This total includes a one-time $10 fee for the plate itself and a minimum $50 contribution (renewable annually).

Entry forms and contest rules are available on the state parks plate design contest page.  For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 1-888-646-6367  between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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