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Staff report, Published June 30 2009

Polk County plans speeding enforcement campaign

POLK COUNTY, Minn. - Hoping to prevent deaths and injuries, law enforcement officials in Polk County are setting their sights on speeders this month.

Speed was a factor in seven deaths in Polk County and nearly 400 deaths statewide from 2006 to 2008, according to a release from the East Grand Forks Police Department.

East Grand Forks police also report that Polk County agencies cited 26 drivers for not wearing seatbelts during a crackdown in May.

In June, a new law went into affect in Minnesota, allowing officers to stop a vehicle if anyone inside is not wearing a seatbelt.

Over the past three years, 19 motorists died in crashes in Polk County. Of those 19, eight were not wearing seatbelts.

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