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home : opinion : letters to the editor July 24, 2017

4/9/2014 8:58:00 AM
Windom police chief:

Windom police chief: Number of citations grew by 14% in 2013
I feel the need to respond to Rick Frederickson's Quick Hit column in the April 2 edition of the Cottonwood County Citizen.
He states, "It seems drivers are ignoring the speed limit as they travel through Windom. And if truth be told, why should they hold to the limit? There is little or no enforcement of it."
I respect Mr. Frederickson's opinion. However, I would like to provide some facts on what our agency has done over the past year in enforcement.
In 2013, the Windom Police Department issued 269 citations. This was an increase of 14% from 2012. We issued 329 written warnings in 2013, as well. The majority of these were written on Highway 60/71. Accidents in this community have declined over the last two years, also. In 2011, there were 181 accidents. in 2012, there were 130 accidents and in 2013 there were 113.
Last year, our officers arrested 36 individuals for DWI. This is believed to be the most arrests for this category in the history of the department.
I am extremely proud of the officers of the Windom Police Department. They give their best each day for this community.
I feel that the statistics show that there has been enforcement in the past and I have every expectation for that to continue in the future.
     - Scott Peterson,
      Windom police chief

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