The State Patrol isn't worried about the looming government shutdown. Its got 600 Troopers on duty today -- every Trooper on the payroll, as a matter of fact -- and they've pulled over 1,100 drivers.
And even though it's only lunchtime, eight of those stops have included suspected drunken drivers.[jump]
This massive show of force is supposed to draw attention to the fact that June 30 is historically the deadliest day of the year on Minnesota's highways, as drivers clog the roads ahead of the July 4 holiday.
The effort is being dubbed Maroon Day by DPS: As anyone with an up-close-and-personal experience with the State Patrol can tell you, maroon is the color of the troopers' cruisers.
Since 2000, a total of 35 people have died on successive June 30s. So far today: No fatalities.
#MSPmaroonday 1100 traffic stops so far, 32 crashes, 6 report inj, no serious inj or fatals, 8 DWI arrests
Here's a DPS promo video from Lt. Eric Roeske, explaining how the patrol plans to save you from yourself over the holiday: