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State Police Stepping Up Patrols During Safety Blitz
Updated August 1, 2014 7:21 AM | Filed under: Public Safety
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(UNDATED) - State Police are stepping up patrols through Monday on I-90 and I-94, as part of a 15-state safety blitz on the highway.

The Minnesota State Patrol enlisted the help of Indiana and 13 other states along the two highways for a four-day strict enforcement campaign aimed at cutting in half the number of crashes. The highways averaged 131 crashes a day during the same four days last year, including three deaths.

Indiana State Police spokeswoman Ann Wojas says it's worth rearranging regular schedules for a few days to make a dent, though she acknowledges accident rates may bounce right back up once the campaign ends.

The effort is intended as a step toward an International Association of Chiefs of Police goal of reducing highway deaths nationwide by 15-percent.

Police often conduct saturation patrols over holiday weekends.

Wojas says conducting this patrol at the midpoint between Independence Day and Labor Day is a reminder that safety is important 365 days a year.

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