by Kurt Nesbitt
The Elk River Police Department received three PBTs – portable breath testers – valued at $2,300 on Monday night as the department’s efforts were recognized by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety.
Elk River Police wrote 15 citations for texting while driving, including three where a parent and a teenager were texting back and forth while the teenager was driving. The department participated in the state’s Toward Zero Deaths campaign, which focuses on distracted driving and on seat belt use.
Police Chief Ron Nierenhausen and Patrol Sgt. Dave Windels were on hand to receive the breathalyzers from Becky Putzke of the Office of Traffic Safety.