RPD increasing traffic enforcement through the end of the year

(ABC 6 News) – As the state closes in on 450 traffic-related deaths, the Rochester Police Department will be increasing the number of deputies on the streets through the end of the year.

RPD will have an additional 112 hours of traffic enforcement. The extra shifts, grant-funded through the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) campaign, are concentrated on Thursdays through Sundays.

A press release reads:

Although speed has been the largest contributor in deadly crashes in 2021, we know other factors can make driving more dangerous this time of year, including weather conditions, holiday traffic and increased alcohol consumption.

To target drunk drivers, RPD has a dedicated DWI officer who is working extra shifts throughout the season beginning the week of Thanksgiving.

“We want our families and yours to be safe this holiday season, and that’s why RPD is making traffic enforcement a top priority. Drive smart by slowing down, paying attention, planning a sober ride and always buckling up,” shares Police Chief Jim Franklin.

Fines for typical traffic offenses can reach $300 or more plus fees. The penalty upon conviction of a first DWI offense in Minnesota can include a fine up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail.