CALEDONIA, Minn. (WXOW) - The Houston County Sheriff's Office has a new piece of equipment to help them stop speeding drivers.
They received a new, free radar system from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Houston County Sheriff Doug Ely said speed is a main contributing factor in car crashes.
"Summer time is always a time people like getting out...going fast," said Ely. The new radar system has brand new technology with two radar units, one on the front dashboard and the other on the back, which will help officers catch drivers speeding.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety gives away two radar systems a year in Southeast Minnesota. Out of 150 agencies, Houston County and Fillmore County were chosen.
The last time Houston County bought a radar system was five years ago and without this gift they wouldn't be able to purchase one on their own. They cost around $3,000 to $4,000 said Sheriff Ely.
Scott McConkey is the Law Enforcement Liaison for the Department of Public Safety. He said Houston County is receiving the new radar system because of their multiple efforts towards zero deaths on Minnesota roads.
"We put equipment like this radar where we know it will be used to the benefit of everyone's safety," said McConkey.
Sheriff Ely said so far this year there have been no drunk driving related deaths in Houston County.
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