Tuesday, January 21, 2014

'Obstructed Vision' is Police Focus for January

Edina, Minn., Jan. 13, 2014 – Due to the success of last year’s “Focus In” campaign, the Edina Police Department has decided to repeat the initiative. Edina patrol officers will focus efforts on obstructed vision during January.

“During the winter months, motorists are often in a hurry and fail to take the proper time to clear their windshield of snow or frost,” said Sgt. Scott Kuyper, who oversees the campaign.

Education will include a warning to those who violate the statutes or codes. In extenuating circumstances, a citation may be issued.

Each month, patrol officers will focus police efforts on a specific statutory violation in order to educate the public and gain compliance. Last January, 53 verbal or written warnings were given out.

In upcoming months, police will “Focus In” on unsafe equipment, failure to display headlights, bike safety, curfew violations, pedestrian safety, child and seatbelt safety, school bus stop arm protocol, speed in school zones, night and snow parking, and the “move over” law.

The violations the Police Department will “Focus In” on have seasonal relevance, affect the quality of life in Edina or pose safety risks to residents. All statutes will be enforced year-round, but additional attention will be paid to the focus of the month.

For more information, contact the Edina Police Department at 952-826-1610.

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