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Kandiyohi, Chippewa counties to swap territory along Hwy. 23

WILLMAR -- The sheriffs' offices in Kandiyohi and Chippewa counties, along with the State Patrol, will conduct a week-long law enforcement effort along Highway 23 from Willmar to Granite Falls beginning this Sunday.

During this cooperative effort, Kandiyohi County deputies will patrol Highway 23 in Chippewa County and Chippewa County deputies will patrol in Kandiyohi County to enforce traffic laws, speed limit violators and to raise seat belt awareness. The project will give officers experience working within another jurisdiction and the opportunity to correct poor driving behavior before a violator enters an adjoining county.

"Highway 23 is a heavily traveled roadway in Kandiyohi and Chippewa counties. Traffic violations occurring in one county ultimately can have an impact in causing a traffic crash in the other county," said Lt. Brian West, Marshall state patrol.

Changeable message signs will be placed along Highway 23 from Willmar to Granite Falls approximately five miles from the county lines to alert motorists they are entering an enforcement zone.

This new effort is in partnership between the Department of Public Safety and MnDOT, District 8, as a result of the Southwest MN Toward Zero Deaths initiative.