Hunt: Deputies will hand out more masks than tickets

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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2020 6:33 am | Updated: 7:01 am, Fri Nov 20, 2020.

Steve Hunt would prefer that his deputies hand out masks rather than tickets.

The Traill County sheriff told county leaders Tuesday that he won’t take a heavy-handed approach enforcing Gov. Doug Burgum’s new statewide mask mandate.

Hunt said he plans to ask deputies to carry spare face coverings in their patrol vehicles for people who are violating the mandate, which runs through Dec. 13.

“My personal take is that we should concentrate on the education part” of the mandate, Hunt told the Traill County Board of Commissioners. “Before we go out and start writing tickets for people for not masking up, we should start handing out masks.

“I hope that we have the ability to use (our discretion) before we start writing up a bunch of tickets.”

Burgum announced in a video message Friday a series of new measures, including a statewide mask mandate, to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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