Duluth Ramping Up Patrols on Turkey Day

By KBJR News 1

Duluth Ramping Up Patrols on Turkey Day

November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 2:04 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- As you drive to your Thanksgiving feast next week with your friends and families, Minnesota State Patrol officers will be out in full force to keep our roads safe during this high traffic period.

“Thanksgiving is traditionally one of our busiest times of the year so we have planned a district-wide saturation for the beginning of the travel concerns on Wednesday, November 21," says Captain Steve Stromback of the Duluth District State Patrol headquarters.

According to the Department of Public Safety, there have been at least 30 fatalities and at least 1,773 injuries from crashes in Minnesota on Thanksgiving weekends from 2006 to 2011.

“We have seen a significant increase in the number of fatalities across the state this year so it is even more important that we are highly visible and active during this high travel time," says Stromback. "Currently about 27 more people have lost their lives this year than last year at this same time."

St. Louis County is on the list of the 13 deadliest counties for alcohol involved fatalities.

The Minnesota State Patrol reminds drivers during the holidays to be prepared for winter weather conditions, plan ahead to not drink and drive, remember to buckle up and to report any drivers that seem to be impaired.

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