DNR: Have an escape plan prior to driving on ice

5:46 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Three fatalities on Lake Minnetonka has the DNR reminding the public about the dangers of driving on the ice.

"We can never guarantee the ice is 100 percent safe," says Kara Owens, the DNR's Boat and Water Safety Specialist. "Driving on the ice in a car should only be done if its necessary."

If you do venture out in car, truck or SUV, the DNR recommends the following tips:

  • Roll down your windows and open the sunroof. This could be your quickest escape route.
  • Unlock your doors.
  • Wear a lifejacket.
  • Travel in groups.
  • Check in with local bait shops or resorts for ice thickness reports.

The last Minnesota fatality from a car going through the ice was in 2008.

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