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Associated Press, Published August 30 2013

SD, ND troopers cooperate on I-29 enforcement push

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Highway Patrol troopers from North Dakota and South Dakota patrolled Interstate 29 in both states Friday in a joint effort to stop criminal activity and reduce traffic crashes.

The joint operation was covering I-29 from the Iowa state line to the Canadian border.

Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, said the operation is intended to raise public awareness of safe driving practices.

"It doesn't always require an arrest," he said. "Often the presence of troopers reminds people of the need for safety."

The operation lets people know that authorities will not tolerate hazardous traffic violations and criminal activity, North Dakota Highway Patrol Maj. Michael Gerhart said.

"Our goal is to save lives and reduce injuries and criminal activity," he said. "That makes our roads safer for all who travel on them."

Law officers involved were putting special emphasis on enforcing seatbelt, speeding and drunken driving laws.

South Dakota troopers this year also have worked joint operations with their counterparts in Minnesota and Wyoming.

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