State Patrol Works to Ensure Safe Travel for Hunting Opener

By KBJR News 1

November 2, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Hunting opener means more cars on the road, which can often lead to more car accidents.

The Minnesota State Patrol is working to prevent that through their "Operation Blaze Orange" project which began Friday.

Patrols from the Iowa border all the way to the end of Highway 169 are out looking for drivers who are speeding, texting or doing anything else that could lead to an accident.

State Patrol officials say speed is often a problem along Highway 169 and is a frequently a factor in accidents.

"It's one of the primary factors in crashes," said Trooper Lynn Mihelick, "So by helping to reduce the speeds, hopefully we're reducing crashes."

Five Patrol districts in the state, all with Highway 169 in their patrol area, will be monitoring the heavily traveled roadway.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.