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Published June 30, 2011, 09:15 PM

State Patrol Beefing Up Enforcement for Holiday Weekend

Thursday, June 30 is historically the deadliest day on Minnesota roads. That's why the state patrol has beefed up law enforcement as we head into the 4th of July weekend.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Thursday, June 30 is historically the deadliest day on Minnesota roads.

That's why the state patrol has beefed up law enforcement as we head into the 4th of July weekend.

There were no vacation days used Thursday at the Minnesota State Patrol.

"Every trooper in the state of Minnesota is working. All the way up to the colonel all the way down to the newest trooper," trooper Mike Thies said.

That means nearly 600 troopers are on patrol. When every officer is on the road, it's called Maroon Day. The message is simple. "Don't do the things that will get you or somebody else killed."

"The inattentive driving, drinking and driving. Obvious erratic driving. Those are the things that we are going to focus on," Thies said.

Since 2000, more fatal crashes have occurred on June 30 than any other day of the year. A total of 30 crashes resulting in 35 deaths.

"Kind of a kick off to the 4th of July weekend so that is kind of the historical perspective on why it has been such a deadly day," Thies said.

Thies says the troopers are not out to ruin anybody's fun, but they will if it means keeping those who have had too much to drink off the road.

"Often times ruin their weekend. They get tossed in jail on the first or second. And they are there for the weekend. We don't want to do that, we want to have everybody have a safe weekend," Thies said.

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