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Moorhead, Clay County join State Patrol traffic blitz

MOORHEAD – Moorhead police and the Clay County Sheriff’s Department are helping Minnesota state troopers with extra patrols with the aim to end traffic deaths and injuries throughout the weekend, police said Friday.

The “I-90/94 Challenge” uses grant funding from the National Highway Safety Administration to achieve highly visible traffic enforcement across the 3,100 miles of the I-90 corridor and the 2,581 miles of the I-94 corridor.

The initiative supports “The Drive Campaign,” by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, to reduce traffic deaths and injuries across the U.S. by 15 percent, said Moorhead Police Chief David Ebinger.

The campaign will include data-driven enforcement on seat belts, speeding, impaired and distracted driving, motorcycle violations and unsafe equipment or driving behaviors in large trucks and buses.

The goal of the enforcement blitz is zero fatal crashes over the four-day period.