Two Harbors police department awarded new equipmentThanks to a new speed measuring devices provided by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety, law enforcement officers in Two Harbors are better equipped to identify vehicles driving at illegal and unsafe speeds.
By: News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
Thanks to a new speed measuring devices provided by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety, law enforcement officers in Two Harbors are better equipped to identify vehicles driving at illegal and unsafe speeds.
The Two Harbors Police Department is one of only nine law enforcement agencies in Minnesota being awarded a Kustom Signal, Pro Laser III, LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) unit for participating in the Toward Zero Death enforcement effort that took place during the month of May 2011. The May Mobilization effort, combining enforcement with education, raised awareness of the problem with unbelted vehicle occupants on our streets and highways.
“Traffic enforcement may not be seen as the most glamorous job in the department,” said Chief Kevin Ruberg, “but it is more likely to save a life than nearly anything else we can do. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Minnesotans usually considered too young to die—those between one and thirty-four years old.”
“It’s impossible to tell exactly how many or whose lives are saved when we emphasize traffic enforcement,” he continued. “The result is a death or injury that doesn’t happen. We just know it changes driver’s behaviors.”
The pin point accuracy of the LIDAR unit allows the officer to check the speed of the vehicles even in high traffic situations.
The LIDAR unit will be presented to Chief Kevin Ruberg of the Two Harbors Police Department at the Two Harbors City Council meeting on January 23, 2012.
Toward Zero Death is a statewide and national law enforcement campaign designed to increase seat belt and child seat use, discourage distracted driving, decrease the incidence of impaired driving and speed enforcement.