KVRR’s Brandon Blakney immerses us in the action on his drive with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
FARGO, ND (KVRR) – In this KVRR exclusive, we take you inside the North Dakota Highway Patrol’s latest robbery operation and their efforts to quell speed runs.
Before hitting the streets, there was a briefing to brief everyone on the plans and for the eight officers from Fargo PD, West Fargo PD and North Dakota Highway Patrol to familiarize themselves with each other.
These operations take months of planning, which was fueled by public complaints to Fargo PD.
“The citizens of Fargo were asking the Fargo police to do something about street racing, exhibition driving, we also saw an increase in traffic accidents related to some of these aggressive driving behaviors” , said Sgt. Adam Malafa, North Dakota Highway Patrol.
The state ranks first in the nation in speed racing and reckless driving offenses according to an Insurify study.
“We have a tool that we can use to try to deter these breaches and that’s our plane. The plane obviously has some technological advantages. It has an infrared flir device, facing forward that is able to track things , it’s a bit more sophisticated than just driving behind in a squad car,” Malafa said.
They say he has the benefit of an aerial view so he can see multiple breaches happening at once, and has cameras to record where suspects go if they flee.
“It allows us to follow an offender without having to engage in a high-speed chase, it provides public safety, it provides officer safety, and it also provides offender safety,” Malafa said.
We stopped three vehicles on the way, all got citations, the first man was jailed for driving with a suspended license and failed to transfer title, they were focused on the stretch between University Dr and 10th street.
Sgt Malafa also says he has issued a few citations for conducting exposure.
“So show driving, you know, our code of the century basically says any unnecessary engine noise, tire screeching, series of abrupt terms, anything that disturbs the peace in that way is considered driving. exhibition,” Malafa said.
He says a traffic stop could lead to something more serious and help get a bad person off the streets.
“These citizen traffic complaints tell us that the public trusts the policing services that Fargo PD, Cass County, West Fargo and Highway Patrol have to offer,” Malafa said.