Edina Police Give Information Instead of Tickets

Posted at: 01/31/2013 10:09 PM
Updated at: 01/31/2013 11:10 PM
By: Tim Sherno

Edina Police are focusing on a different moving violation each month, and in most cases give motorists information and warnings instead of tickets.

Edina Police Chief Jeff Long says drivers appreciate the informational approach, "We made 54 stops in he month of January for obstructed vision and almost everyone we stopped once they realized they weren't going to get a ticket said thank you."

Police in January focused on obstructed vision caused by snow, ice or fogged glass inside vehicles. According to Chief Long the law isn't widely known, "People just scratch off a little piece and they go off and drive… and we thought, a lot of people don't know that's illegal. they think if they can see, they can drive… so we had an opportunity to educate people about this."

Avoiding a ticket isn't a ticket to a free ride, says Chief Long, "We're not going to be scaling back on citations just because we're issuing warnings for these particular violations.