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Published January 10, 2012, 02:17 PM

New speed radar device awarded to Clay County Sheriff's Department

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The Clay County Sheriff's Department is being rewarded for participating in the "Towards Zero Deaths" enforcement. The enforcement is part of the Minnesota Safe and Sober Campaign.

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The Clay County Sheriff's Department is being rewarded for participating in the "Towards Zero Deaths" enforcement. The enforcement is part of the Minnesota Safe and Sober Campaign.

Thanks to a new speed radar device one Clay County Sheriff's Department Squad car will be better equipped to identify vehicles traveling at illegal and unsafe speeds. The three thousand dollar state of the art Stalker radar device was awarded to the Sheriffs department by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

It's smaller and saves space inside of the patrol car. The radar is more efficient too. It can track speeds from the front of the patrol car and from the back.

In 2011, 349 people died in car accidents in Minnesota. Sheriff Bill Bergquist says this device will hopefully help to decrease those numbers even more.

BILL BERGQUIST - Clay County Sheriff: “Traffic is very important and trying to lower you know our fatalities on the highway, speeding is one of them, you know a lot of accidents are caused because of speed.”

Bergquist says this award will allow the Sheriffs department to use the money they would have spent on this device on other equipment. The Sheriff's department is one of nine law enforcement agencies in Minnesota being awarded with the Stalker radar unit.

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