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Eau Claire Police Department "Home for the Holidays" initiative a success

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Eau Claire Police Department said crashes dropped dramatically over Memorial Day Weekend.

The department kicked off its new initiative "Home for the Holiday's" last weekend , using officers from every division of the police department to help patrol. Six officers added an additional 48 hours of traffic enforcement to make sure citizens and visitors had safe travels.

Last year, there were 23 crashes over Memorial Day weekend. This year, only eight.

The most common problem they saw was people running red lights. They issued 13 tickets, 48 warnings, and made five misdemeanor arrests.

"We're never going to be able to reduce crashes to zero, but we are able to reduce them so more people can do just what this initiative is called: 'Get Home for the Holidays,' or get home safely on any day," Kyle Roder with the Eau Claire Police Department said.

Home for the holidays efforts will continue throughout the year. Additional officers are already scheduled to work weekends surrounding Fathers Day, the Fourth of July, and the Chippewa Valley Airshow.

More information about dates, times, and locations where the extra officers will be staffed can be found on the police department's twitter account.

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