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If you're a fan of putting the pedal to the metal, here's a head's up that you'll soon be seeing more State Patrol squad cars across Minnesota.

Everybody has a TON going on these days, and it seems like we're always in a hurry, doesn't it? (Maybe that's just me...) But if your plan to try to gain a little time by exceeding the speed limit when you're on the highways and interstates here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, you might want to think twice.

That's because the Minnesota State Patrol will soon be rolling out its special HEAT patrols across the North Star State. 'HEAT' (which is short for Highway Enforcement for Aggressive Traffic) patrols started last Wednesday (March 15th) in the Twin Cities metro area, and will soon be expanded to greater Minnesota, including here in Rochester, as well.

In a release last week, the State Patrol explained what these HEAT patrols are all about, saying "Motorists will see a significant State Patrol presence on freeways around the state through August as troopers focus on excessive speed enforcement and criminal activity," the release noted.

HEAT patrols will also focus on traffic safety while also providing an increased law enforcement presence in areas with public safety concerns and are another way the State Patrol is expanding its efforts to support local law enforcement agencies as they address crime in their communities.
The first round of HEAT patrols took place in the Twin Cities back in February. During that 10-day HEAT effort, Troopers stopped 516 vehicles for speeding and arrested 23 people for driving while impaired (DWI) and six for outstanding warrants.

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