West Metro police to set an 'unprecedented' speed trap If you drive through the west Metro, be prepared to watch out for a multitude of speed traps. This week, several police agencies are teaming up to crack down on speeding and drunk drivers along Interstate 494.
Bloomington, Maple Grove, Minnetonka and Plymouth Police Departments will help put 100 squads into action.
Officers will be paying special attention to the west Metro starting Wednesday and lasting through the weekend. The State Patrol and Sheriff’s Office will also help in the massive effort that officials are calling an ‘unprecedented show of force.’
"When they know we're out there, they're more apt to reduce their speeds or maybe find a designated driver or just drive a little safer than normal," explained Minnetonka Police Office Darlene Ford.
Authorities hope the massive presence will stop drunk driving, speed, and encourage seatbelt use.
"In today's budget crunch, it's very important-- it's important for us to share our resources, share our knowledge and work together for the common good of everyone," said Bloomington Police Sgt. Marty Earley.
The increased patrols won’t mean added cost to taxpayers, as all the officers involved were already scheduled to work.