South and North Dakota Highway Patrol Safety Operation
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
August 30, 2013 4:57 PM
South and North Dakota's Highway Patrol is teaming up to enforce safe driving habits. The safety operation comes just before Labor Day Weekend, when there will be many people on the road.
"We just hope that everyone obeys the rules of the road, drives safely, and has a good weekend," said South Dakota State Trooper, Dan Knutson.
State Troopers are monitoring I-29 harder than usual this labor day weekend. The effort extends through both South and North Dakota as part of a joint state effort to enforce safe driving.
The past two Labor Day weekends have averaged five hundred DWIs and six traffic related deaths. Trooper Dan Knutson patrolled I-29 in Sioux Falls on Friday.
"We've been out here for a short time and speeds are anywhere between seventy five to eighty three miles an hour here in Sioux Falls in a sixty five mile an hour zone," said Knutson.
Speeding ticket fines in South Dakota can range form eighty five to more than two hundred dollars. With extra law enforcement patrolling the roads this holiday weekend, drivers are going to have to obey the rules, or pay a price.
In less than fifteen minutes, Trooper Knutson tracked down two speeders. One who was travelling nearly twenty miles an hour over the speed limit. Knutson says speeding is the biggest problem they'll be facing over the weekend.
"Here in South Dakota the goal is to have an accident free weekend and I'm sure in North Dakota as well," said Knutson.
"If motorists see a lot of law enforcement out there, we're hoping that they slow down and drive safely this weekend so we don't have any crashes."
Trooper Knutson says his advice to those travelling this weekend is to stay off your phone, slow down, and if you drink, don't drive.
For those who do decide to drink, Tipsy Tow is offering free rides within a fifteen mile radius of the driver's home. Tipsy Tow can be reached by calling 800-222-4357.