With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, Sioux Falls police are in full force with a saturation patrol reminding us about safe driving habits whenever we hit the road.
KSFY News rode along with an officer today.
We rode around parts of the city for about an hour. During that time, the officer stopped a few people for what he said is a big problem in Sioux Falls, speeding.
But the purpose of the saturation patrol wasn't to just hand out tickets, but to remind all of us to be better drivers when we get behind the wheel.
You might have noticed more police on the road Saturday, and they're keeping an eye on how we drive.
Traffic Officer Doug Flora said "it's kind of a reminder for everybody to slow down especially with the holidays coming up, pre-holiday rush, a friendly reminder to slow down and wear your seat belt and not to drive impaired."
It's a saturation patrol. Officer Flora said, believe it or not, some people need a little reminder.
"It's very important, because sometimes we forget how we drive, and sometimes we forget our seat belts and stuff. It's just kind of a friendly reminder you need to slow down, buckle up and drive in a safe manner," Officer Flora said.
And when people get a speeding ticket, many speeders tell Officer Flora says the same excuse.
"Most tell me they weren't paying attention or they were on their cell phone or like today, the female said that she was busy talking to her son, in the front seat there, and wasn't paying attention," Officer Flora said.
But the saturation patrols aren't about handing out tickets, it's about keeping all of us safe on the roads.
"If your 're not paying attention to your driving, the potential of crashes greatly increases and chances of getting hurt in a crash for not paying attention that also increases," Officer Flora said.
Officer Flora warned us about the dangers of not paying attention to the road, because we could drive faster than we're supposed to or cause an accident.
And many of us probably don't think of ourselves as speeders, but he said many people drive five to seven miles over the limit.
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