South Dakota joins neighboring states for joint I-90 traffic safety operation

Published: May. 22, 2018 at 11:51 AM CDT
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South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will join their counterparts in Minnesota and Wyoming for an annual safety patrol on Interstate 90 later this week.

The Joint I-90 Traffic Safety Operation takes place over 23 hours from 5 a.m. Friday, May 25, to 4 a.m. Saturday, May 26.

Highway Patrol spokesman Tony Mangan says troopers in their respective states will patrol Interstate 90 border to border. Officers also plan to monitor other state and highway roads along with state-line ports of entry.

Troopers will promote highway safety through enforcement, with an emphasis on speed, hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and impaired driving. The operation includes use of personnel with police service dogs, drug recognition experts and motor carrier personnel. Laser and radar saturation patrols also will be done.

SDHP Col. Craig Price says the weekend is a good time for the joint operation because it is the Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer travel season.