State Patrol will be out in entire force Thursday

The Minnesota State Patrol will have every trooper on the road Thursday as part of a special enforcement effort known as Maroon Day.

Since 2000, June 30 has been the deadliest day on state roads, with 35 deaths reported in 30 fatal crashes, the patrol said.

For this year's Maroon Day campaign, the patrol plans to assign nearly 600 troopers, from the chief to its newest employee, to patrol duties, spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said.

The enforcement wave has swept state roads on different dates in previous years, with Dec. 19, for example, being designated as Maroon Day in 2003.

Recently, Roeske filmed a YouTube video explaining the effort:

Anthony Lonetree • 612-673-4109

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