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Increased traffic enforcement planned over St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 11:35 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 15, 2013 11:36 a.m. CDT

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau’s next Special Traffic Enforcement Program wave began Thursday and will continue through Sunday.

Enforcement agencies from around the state will be out in force looking for motorists who are violating traffic laws during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

The sTEP program consists of five high visibility enforcement waves throughout the year meant to get motorists to change their driving behavior by buckling up, slowing down, driving sober and obeying all traffic laws in order to reduce the number of traffic crashes and to save lives.

During the sTEP wave conducted over St. Patrick’s weekend last year, there were 16,279 traffic violations reported by 234 law enforcement agencies that had more than 1,600 officers working the enforcement event.

The next sTEP wave will be from May 20 to June 2 during Memorial Day.

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