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Impaired motorists to be targeted during Nationals

BAXTER — Area troopers will be patrolling specifically for impaired motorists in the area in conjunction with the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway Aug. 19-21, State Patrol Lt. David ZumBerge said in a news release.  

ZumBerge said extra troopers will be working the Nighttime Concentrated Area Patrols project in the Brainerd lakes area specifically near the track in an effort to keep motorists safe during the race weekend.

“As in years past, the State Patrol will have our mobile breath testing/ impaired driving vehicle (also known as the Bat Mobile) up here and stationed at the front entrance area of the race track to assist any officers with preliminary portions of the impaired driver arrest process,” ZumBerge said. “Clearly the motorists traveling in the Brainerd Lakes Area are impacted by the extra enforcement presence, but we are still asking motorists to use caution, slow down and pay special attention while driving through the area, as well as making the decision not to drink and drive.”

 In 2010 troopers working with officers from area departments worked 203 hours, stopped 290 vehicles including three motorcycles. Four people were taken into custody for impaired driving, 12 seat belt tickets were written, 31 speed citations were issued along with a host of other equipment and moving violations. Warnings were for speeding, seat belt, equipment and other miscellaneous violations. At least one person was charged with failing to move over as required for emergency vehicles.