8-Year-Old Takes Car for 10-Mile Joy Ride Throughout East Metro

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The child made it from St. Paul to Mounds View before safely parking the car in a stranger's driveway

Just before 6 a.m. yesterday double-taking drivers on I-35E pulled alongside a swerving car going about 40 mph.

They saw an eight-year-old boy who could barely see over the steering wheel piloting his foster parents' 1992 Buick Roadmaster with his two younger siblings in tow.

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State Trooper's Car Drilled by Truck Doing 60 MPH During Last Week's Snow Storm (Video)

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State Trooper Kristie Sue Hathaway walked away from the scary wreck
Last week we reported on Thursday's traffic apocalypse, when wind, snow, and slick roads combined to create 654 crashes throughout the day.

Trouble continued overnight and into Friday morning's commute. The State Patrol says it responded to a total of 855 crashes from 8 a.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday -- four of them involving state trooper vehicles.

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There Were 654 Car Crashes During Yesterday's Traffic Apocalypse

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What a nightmare
Last night's commute was like something you see in a commercial for heavy duty tires or top-of-the-line windshield wipers. Snow whipped around, cars spun out everywhere, and the red glow of brake lights stretched far into the night. It was the worst commute of the year, according to the Minnesota State Highway Patrol.

"In the metro we had the rush hour congestion on top of the snow, and in the southern and northern parts of the state it was blowing, whiteout conditions, so the problems were varied," said Lt. Tiffani Nielson with the Minnesota State Highway Patrol.

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Bloomington Teenager Crashes Maserati

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A 2006 Maserati Quattroporte

A 17-year-old male from Bloomington totaled a 2006 Maserati Quattroporte on Highway 5 in Sibley County early Saturday morning. The driver suffered non-critical injuries and two passengers, also teenagers, were unharmed.

According to the Star Tribune, the three teens were "out for a cruise" at 2:45 a.m. Saturday when the car spun out on the slippery road and rolled several times in the ditch. The car belonged to the grandpa of one of the passengers.

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Minneapolis Cracks Down on Pedicabs

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Minneapolis is trying to curb crazy pedicab drivers

Any time there's an event in downtown Minneapolis, traffic turns into an impatient mess of cars, buses, taxis, light rail, semis, bikes, and pedestrians all jostling for position so they can blow through the next yellow light on the way to (or away from) the action.

Now the city is trying to rein in perhaps the most unwieldy combatant in the traffic jam ecosystem: the pedicab.

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How was Metro Transit Bus Service During Winter's First Storm? [GRAPH]

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A look at Metro Transit's bus service during the winter's first storm (No data available at 9:00)

Most of the metro didn't get nearly the 6-15 inches of snow the weather terrorists meteorologists said we were getting yesterday, but that didn't stop the roads from freezing and turning traffic into the crawling hellscape we've come to expect every winter.

We know the agony of waiting at a bus stop, late and cold, wondering when (or if) your ride will ever show up. Here's a graph made using Metro Transit's frequent social media updates showing it pays to hop out of bed and get going early. (Or just hit the snooze and take a half day.)

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Prior Lake Drivers Pay Most for Speeding Tickets, Mankato Least, Study Says

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A speeding ticket for driving 15 miles per hour over the limit costs $145 no matter where your car is registered in Minnesota, but the same can't be said for insurance rates.

NerdWallet put together a study analyzing which drivers are hit hardest by rate increases after being pulled over for having a heavy foot. Surprisingly, the worst city to have your car registered if you're hoping to keep insurance costs at a minimum isn't Minneapolis or St. Paul.

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Twin Citians sorta suck at driving, report says

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Allstate's 10th annual "Best Drivers Report" indicates folks in Minneapolis and St. Paul are mediocre at best when it comes to avoiding accidents.

Out of the 200 cities included in the study, which is based on crash data, Minneapolis ranks 90th. St. Paul, meanwhile, ranks 103rd.

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Man threatens to jump from I-394 bridge; ultimately talked off ledge by officers

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Passersby took photos and video of the man as he hung over I-394 this morning.
This morning, traffic between downtown Minneapolis and the western suburbs was at a standstill as an apparently suicidal man threatened to jump from the Penn Avenue bridge over I-394.

The first reports of the incident trickled in around 6 a.m. Lanes in both directions weren't totally reopened for about three and a half hours.

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Twin Cities commuters spend more than two days a year stuck in traffic, study says

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Traffic was apparently moving smoothly through downtown on this morning.
TomTom's 2014 Traffic Index uses GPS data from millions of users to break down both how congested each major metro in the Americas is relative to the others and which times of the week are most gridlocked.

The study indicates our roadways are relatively unclogged -- out of the 62 cities evaluated, the Twin Cities ranked as the 42nd most congested. But last year was a little hairier than 2012, as congestion increased by about 20 percent year to year.

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