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It’s all about safety

September 4, 2018
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

Estherville police officers, Emmet County deputies and other volunteers held a traffic safety checkpoint Thursday evening just west of Estherville.

Estherville Police Chief Brent Shatto said the event resulted in 15 written warnings, two verbal warnings and seven equipment repair orders.

Law enforcement personnel also distributed literature about texting and driving, child safety and "don't drink and drive."

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Estherville police officers prepare for the two-hour safety checkpoint event that they participated in Thursday evening on Highway 9 on the west edge of Estherville.
Photo by David Swartz

The safety materials are provided by the Emmet County MOCSY (Making Optimal Changes for Successful Youth) Coalition.

Shatto said the purpose of the checkpoint isn't to write tickets.

"We're looking for people to safely travel down the roadway and make sure equipment is up to safety standards," said Shatto.

The chief said 46 vehicles with 62 occupants were stopped during a two-hour stretch, from 6-8 p.m., at the top of half-mile hill near the Estherville Elks Lodge.

Shatto said some of the written warnings included those not carrying and insurance card, those not carrying their driver's license and not properly displaying their registration sticker.

The equipment repair citations included headlights, taillights and cracked windshields.

 
 
 

 

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