Operation Safe planned Nov. 24

Operation Safe planned Nov. 24 The South Dakota Highway Patrol, along with most city and county law enforcement, will increase their visibility during a statewide Operation Safe the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"We know the day before Thanksgiving is traditionally a very busy day on�South Dakota�roadways," said Col. Dan Mosteller, Highway Patrol superintendent. "Our goal with this mobilization is to have no crashes and save lives, giving�South Dakotans�one more reason to be thankful and to celebrate during this holiday season."

Highway Patrol Troopers will patrol the following roadways:

* U.S. Highway 12 from the Minnesota border to the Missouri River.

* U.S. Highway 81 from Yankton to�Arlington.

* Interstate 90 from the Wyoming border to Murdo.

"We have chosen to patrol this particular stretch of Interstate 90," said Lt. Randy Hartley, "because approximately 750 crashes have occurred along this stretch highway during the last four years as the result of drunk or speeding drivers."

During the 12-hour mobilization, troopers will focus on violations consistently listed as underlying reasons for traffic crashes and injuries.

"We want to increase the public's awareness of the dangers of operating motor vehicles in an unsafe manner," said District One Commander Capt. Rod Olerud. "Crashes don't just happen. In almost every incident, someone has violated a traffic law, which contributes to the crash."�

Troopers will also distribute brochures to motorists. The material will focus on not drinking and driving, wearing a seatbelt and obeying�South Dakota's relatively new "Move Over Law."

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