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From byway to highway, wearing seatbelts is a law of the roadway!


Tue, May 24th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

LANESBORO - To prevent the traffic fatalities and serious injuries associated with unbelted nighttime, teen, and rural drivers, southeastern Minnesota community members and traffic professionals are rallying to support Click It or Ticket efforts. Belt use is especially an issue in greater Minnesota communities - where nearly 80 percent of unbelted traffic deaths occur on an annual basis.

The Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, taking place from May 23-June 5, is a component of the state's Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) initiative. The TZD vision is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical and trauma services to reduce crashes.

The Click It or Ticket campaign includes nearly 400 Minnesota agencies working overtime patrols, supported by federal funds to increase seat belt use and stop preventable traffic deaths. Each year in Minnesota, at least 200 unbelted motorists are killed. From 2007-2009 in southeastern Minnesota, 67 unbelted motorists were killed and 138 were seriously injured - costing the area more than $90,073,500.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, a seat belt is a motorist's best defense in case of a crash. He notes that in rollover crashes, unbelted motorists are usually ejected from the vehicle. In most cases, the vehicle will roll over them. Often, unbelted motorists will crack teeth out on steering wheels or break their nose, and even slam into and injure or kill others in the vehicle.

Southeastern Minnesota law enforcement agencies will enforce the state's primary seat belt law during the effort - placing special emphasis on nighttime driving, teen drivers and rural drivers. The primary law requires that all vehicle occupants be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. A seat belt fine is $25, but can cost more than $100 when adding in court and administrative fees.

"Seat belt enforcement is important to stop preventable deaths or injuries," says Jensen. "While we would rather not cite anyone for the violation, we know that a ticket is usually what will convince people to start making the smart decision to always belt up." Jensen adds that motorists need to be the first line of enforcing th .....
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3 busted in meth lab operation, 1 unregistered sex offender

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

In what appears to be somewhat of a failed sex offender registry tracking system from one state to another, the pursuit of Scott Sorenson resulted in the discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory in Amherst Township. This discovery led to the arrest ..... 
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DPS PROJECTS 2010 MINNESOTA TRAFFIC DEATHS TO MATCH 2009 - LOWEST SINCE 1944

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports





ST. PAUL - At least 410 people were killed on Minnesota roads in 2010, according to preliminary records from the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. DPS projects the final 2010 count to close around the ..... 
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INCREASED DWI PATROLS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE CAP MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN

Wed, Dec 29th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - As the ball drops on 2010, a statewide DWI enforcement campaign will drop the hammer on impaired drivers during New Year's Eve celebrations. Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials encourage motorists to celebrate saf ..... 
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675 ARRESTED FOR DWI MIDWAY THROUGH STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN

Wed, Dec 15th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL -Midway through a December-long statewide increased DWI enforcement campaign, preliminary reports from 170 law enforcement agencies indicate 675 motorist DWI arrests. In all, around 400 agencies are conducting the increased patrols t ..... 
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Help reduce snow hazards

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The Fillmore County Highway Department and the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office are asking the public to help reduce the hazards created by snow being plowed across or onto public roads and right-of-ways.

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen ..... 
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STATE NAMES 13 COUNTIES FACING INCREASED DWI PATROLS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011

Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety today named the state's 13 "most dangerous" counties for impaired driving that will be targeted with extra DWI patrols through September 2011. All 13 counties will di ..... 
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620 IN-CAR CAMERAS AWARDED TO 134 MINNESOTA LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

Thu, Nov 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports





ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced the 134 city and county law enforcement agencies that will receive in-car cameras as a result of $2.9 million in federal funds administered by the DPS Office ..... 
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MORE THAN 5,000 MOTORISTS TICKETED MIDWAY THROUGH STATEWIDE SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Wed, Oct 20th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - Midway through a statewide increased seat belt enforcement campaign, participating law enforcement agencies have preliminary reported citing 5,196 motorists for seat belt violations. The increased enforcement runs through Oct. 28. ..... 
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