South Dakota, Minnesota Troopers Join in I-90 Safety Operation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Interstate 90 travelers in Minnesota and South Dakota will see an increased law-enforcement presence Thursday as troopers from the two states conduct a high-visibility highway-safety operation.
Troopers from the Minnesota State Patrol and South Dakota Highway Patrol began the joint operation at 6 a.m. (CDT) Thursday and will be out in force until 1 a.m. on Friday, June 13. The goal is to stop criminal activity and reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities.
Troopers are focused on promoting highway safety through enforcement, with an emphasis on speed, hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and impaired driving. The main focus is on I-90 from the Wyoming border to the Wisconsin border. However, troopers are also working other state and county roads in the area, especially those that might be used to avoid the state-line ports of entry.
The operation includes personnel with police service dogs, drug recognition experts and motor carrier personnel. Motor carrier personnel from the Iowa State Patrol also are involved, as are many local law enforcement agencies.
“The goal is to make the highways safer both through enforcement and with the increased public awareness our high-visibility operation brings,’’ said Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. “It’s an opportunity for troopers from neighboring states to work together, jointly encouraging travelers to make safe, smart choices on the roads.’’
“We are again pleased to partner with our neighboring states to reinforce our commitment to making our roads safer,’’ said Lt. Col. Matt Langer, acting chief of the Minnesota State Patrol. “Through our cooperative efforts, we can further reduce the number of life-changing events that occur on our roadways.’’