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Police beefing up traffic enforcement on Gateway Drive

The Grand Forks Police Department is beefing up traffic enforcement on Gateway Drive after officers noticed a spate of speeders. The increased enforcement will be in place on Gateway Drive from North 47th Street, just west of Interstate 29, to th...

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A Grand Forks Police car is parked behind a late model Jeep behind the Stamart Travel Center on Gatewway Drive in Grand Forks, N.D. Monday Jan. 1, 2013.JOHN STENNNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

The Grand Forks Police Department is beefing up traffic enforcement on Gateway Drive after officers noticed a spate of speeders.

The increased enforcement will be in place on Gateway Drive from North 47th Street, just west of Interstate 29, to the western edge of the city. Police have observed numerous drivers going above the speed limit of 40 mph, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

A traffic study showed only 45 percent of motorists drove within the speed limits, and almost 5 percent of drivers-about 180 of 3,778-drove 54 mph or more in the 40 mph zone, the news release said.

"Statistically the 180 vehicles is relatively minor, but those speeds definitely stand out as a potential risk to the community," Grand Forks Police Lt. Bill Macki said in an email. Police respond to about 200 vehicle accidents per month, the news release said.

Police reminded drivers to drive within the posted speed limit, wear seatbelts and to never text and drive.

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