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State Patrol Day at the Fair, Driver Safety Outreach

Updated: 08/25/2014 2:40 PM
Created: 08/25/2014 12:32 PM KSTP.com
By: Kate Renner

The people who keep our roads safe took the spotlight at the Minnesota State Patrol exhibit at the state fairgrounds Monday.

At the top of each hour they have a K-9 unit demonstration, showcasing the unit's training and their ability to sniff out drugs and find narcotics.

There's also a crash reconstruction team out there showing how they reconstruct a scene after an accident and how they use that information in an investigation.

There are rollover simulators that show what it's like to be in a rollover crash, and how important wearing your seatbelt is so you don't fall out.

"We tell people all the time about wearing their seatbelt, not drinking and driving, paying attention, driving the speed limit, all simple basic things. But hopefully if they come out and see the consequences of not following that advice, we could help them make smart decisions when they are driving," said Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol. 

Minnesota State Patrol knows in addition to being a fun stop for all ages, the booth is a good opportunity to reach out to the public on how to stay safe behind the wheel.

"We hope they think about the choices they make behind the wheel, and also recognize that it's very simple steps you can take to ensure you arrive at your destination safely," Roeske said.


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