Sioux Falls, SD
Drivers trying to bend the law will have a harder time slipping through the eyes of Sioux Falls Police this weekend when 16 extra officers spread throughout the city for a saturation patrol.
"They'll be all over. That's kind of the nice thing of having these 16 people is they can go where they see fit," Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.
There are areas of focus, such as major intersections and city roads with higher rates of traffic. The main goal of this patrol is to keep dangerous drivers off the streets.
"Anything that we can try to get to make sure that drivers are doing their job safely. So, using turn signals, making sure you're not running red lights or pushing that envelope," Clemens said.
"Seat belt usage. Accident avoidance or crash avoidance. Try to focus on those violations that cause the crashes as well as impaired driving," officer Jeff Gillespie said.
Gillespie says one of his goals this weekend will be to make sure people are obeying the speed limit.
"Speed is always a concern. Statistically across the nation, the third-leading cause of fatal crashes is speed. So, obviously, we want to focus on that all the time," Gillespie said.
Saturation patrols just like this one can happen sporadically throughout the entire year and it's a constant reminder that people need to be safe on the roads.
"Kind of remind people of why we need to obey our laws and what the purpose of them is," Gillespie said.
"Hopefully their behavior will change and instead of just going for that time period that they'll continue it on after that," Clemens said.
The patrol will run Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Officers hope that announcing the patrol ahead of time will be an extra reminder that drivers need to be obeying the laws of the road at all times.