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South Dakota Joins Minnesota, Wyoming For Joint I-90 Traffic Safety Operation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, South Dakota Department of Public Safety, at 773-6196


South Dakota Joins Minnesota, Wyoming

For Joint I-90 Traffic Safety Operation


PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will join its counterparts in Minnesota and Wyoming for the annual Joint I-90 Traffic Safety Operation later this week.


The effort covers 23 hours from 5 a.m. (CDT) Friday, May 25, to 4 a.m. (CDT) Saturday, May 26.


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.


“This is a great partnership between the three states,” says Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. “We always have one major objective – to ensure that motorists stay safe.”


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.


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


“We know people are excited as they travel for vacations and other family outings,” he says. “We just ask the public to be safe this summer by driving the speed limit, not getting distracted by cell phones, not driving after you have been drinking and by always wearing a seatbelt.”


The South Dakota Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.