St Paul (KROC AM News) – Public safety officials have gotten into trouble with speeding motorists on the Twin Cities freeways and have launched a crackdown that will last 10 days.
The effort will have additional state troopers on patrol from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. each night.
A State Patrol helicopter will also be available to pursue drivers who don’t stop.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says one area where enforcement efforts will be focused is I-94 between downtown Minneapolis and I-694. The department says “The targeted operation will focus on road safety while ensuring an increased law enforcement presence in an area with public safety concerns.”
The department says the crackdown stems from a meeting last week involving the Minnesota Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Associations to discuss ways the state patrol could expand its efforts to support local law enforcement. as they fight crime in their communities.
“Some drivers speed for no reason, while others run from the police after committing a crime,” said Col. Matt Langer, Minnesota State Patrol chief. “These HEAT patrols will increase our presence on the highways so we can stop speeders and catch criminals trying to get away. If you don’t stop, we’ll find you with our air assets.
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