State Patrol launches summer weekend enforcement initiative
May 17, 2022
The Minnesota State Patrol launched a high-intensity patrol over fishing opener weekend in the Brainerd Lakes area, and troopers throughout the summer will target a region each weekend to crack down on deadly driving behaviors.
The initiative, dubbed Project 20(22), focuses on pulling over motorists for speeding, not wearing seat belts and driving distracted or while impaired, according to a news release. Enforcement will span five weekends through mid-September. Two of those weekends will focus on the Twin Cities, which is already seeing increased enforcement with the patrol and BCA to assist Minneapolis police as it reels from an officer shortage and rising crime that comes with warmer weather.
"This project allows our troopers to have a visible presence and protect motorists during busy times on our roads," said Col. Matt Langer in the release. "Our message remains simple: Buckle up, drive the speed limit, plan a sober ride and never drive impaired, and always pay attention."