PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Highway Patrol reminds motorists that troopers will be out in force today as part of a statewide, high-visibility effort to raise awareness of the need for safe driving. Colonel Craig Price, superintendent of the Highway Patrol says most of its uniformed troopers will be on highways across the state today as part of “Operation Safe Summer Kickoff”. Price says in a press release that placing troopers across the state is a way to remind motorists to use common sense when behind the wheel. South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is joining more than 40 other states in a year-long campaign to reduce highway fatalities across the nation this year. During today’s saturation patrol, troopers will focus on discouraging and arresting drunk drivers and enforcing seatbelt compliance. The effort is part of the Highway Patrol’s “Drive to Save Lives” and though the troopers will arrest lawbreakers, the patrol says their real goal is education and awareness, not arrests.
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