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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Maroon Day means increased patrols

  • The Minnesota State Patrol announces that this year's statewide Maroon Day will be on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012.
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  • The Minnesota State Patrol announces that this year's statewide Maroon Day will be on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012. All sworn personnel shall set aside all other business and duties to work road patrol on that date.
    Regional Public Information Officer, Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha says that, "The date is selected to coincide with the annual return to school for students." Sticha continued, "Traffic crashes remain the number one killer of our youth. Impaired driving, speed, lack of seat belt use, inattentive driving and aggressive driving remain, the top contributing factors of traffic crashes and injury outcome."
    The MN State Patrol's focus on Maroon Day will be visibility and targeting violations and paying particular attention to traffic going to and from school and school-related events.
    District commanders will be coordinating high visibility efforts throughout the day to the degree possible with available staff. Commanders will also be coordinating the involvement of Minnesota State Patrol Aviation in their local plans. The involvement of local law enforcement in these efforts is encouraged and welcomed.
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