Law enforcement looks to cut down on unsafe driving

Published: Jun. 16, 2016 at 12:02 PM CDT
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Local law enforcement officers in the Sioux Falls area are ramping up efforts to reduce unsafe driving in Sioux Falls this summer.

According to Public Information Officer Sam Clemens, the Sioux Falls Police Department performed a campaign to cut down on unsafe driving. This included actively pursuing racing, reckless driving, loud noise, and DUI's. Clemens says the campaign had success last year and will continue in 2016.

Police Chief Matt Burns says the goal is gain voluntary compliance from drivers to keep citizens and visitors safe.

Some of the areas of focus this year will include Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, both east and west 57th Street, 69th Street, South Minnesota Avenue, and South Louise Avenue. Clemens says officers are giving extra attention to these areas and enforcing the laws strictly when violations occur. Efforts this year will include saturation patrols and an added focus by officers to watch for unsafe driving.

Law enforcement from the Sioux Falls Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol will work collaboratively in and around Sioux Falls to address the issue. All areas of Sioux Falls will be covered, especially the areas receiving frequent complaints.