Troopers focus on seatbelt use

Troopers focus on seatbelt use In conjunction with South Dakota's May Safety Belt Mobilization, South Dakota Highway Patrol Troopers will implement another Operation Safe mission in southeastern South Dakota in an effort to combat highway crashes, injuries and deaths due to speeding and lack of seatbelt use on Friday, May 28, from 3 to 8 p.m.

"Our goal with Operation Safe is first and foremost to save lives," said Capt. Jeff Talbot. "We will provide maximum visibility and raise public awareness on the roads leading to the Yankton recreational areas. We want to start off our summer holiday travel season accident free."

The Operation Safe mobilization will take place along:

* Interstate 29 from Sioux Falls to the Beresford exit.

* I-29 from the Iowa border to the Vermillion exit.

* S.D. 50 from the junction of S.D. 50 and S.D. 37 to I-29.

* S.D. 46 from I-29 to U.S. 81.

* U.S. 81 from the junction of U.S. 81 and S.D. 46 to Yankton.

During the six-hour mobilization, 14 troopers will increase their visibility, education, media involvement and enforcement activities. Special emphasis will be placed on speed, moving and seatbelt violations, which contribute to crashes, serious injuries and death from traffic crashes.

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