ST. PAUL, Minn. —Law enforcement cited 17,415 motorists for driving at illegal and unsafe speeds during a statewide speed enforcement campaign, July 6–21, according to preliminary reports from 328 law enforcement agencies. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety coordinated the campaign.
Reporting agencies cited at least 12 motorists for traveling more than 100 mph during the two-week campaign. The highest speeds reported were:
- 148 mph—Minnesota State Patrol (Mankato District)
- 114 mph—Minnesota State Patrol (Marshall District)
- 111 mph—Minnesota State Patrol (West Metro District)
- 110 mph—Carver County Sheriff
- 105 mph—Minnesota State Patrol (Rochester District, Detroit Lakes District)
View speeding citations and highest speed by participating agency.
An average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is typically more than $120. Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face double the fine, and those ticketed traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.
“With traffic deaths surging in 2013, this enforcement campaign provided an opportunity to help create a safer driving environment on our roads by encouraging motorists to change their driving behaviors,” says Donna Berger, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. “If not corrected, those behaviors play a key role in a large number of serious and fatal crashes we see each year.”
Driving at unsafe and illegal speeds is a leading crash death factor and accounts for around 80 traffic deaths annually — 243 deaths in the last three years (2010-2012).
In a similar campaign in July 2012, 23,285 motorists were cited for speeding.
The Dangers and Consequences of Speeding
The summertime is made the deadliest period of the year largely due to motorists traveling at faster, unsafe speeds — with clear roads giving drivers a false sense of security. Officials remind motorists that the faster the speed, the harder and more violent the crash. Speeding leads to:
- Greater potential for loss of vehicle control.
- Increased stopping distance.
- Less time available for driver response for crash avoidance.
- Increased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries.
Three Seconds Is the Safe Following Distance
Motorists should keep a three-second following distance to allow for safe stopping and reaction to other vehicles. It takes more than the length of a football field to stop when traveling at 60 miles per hour.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
About the Office of Traffic Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) designs, implements and coordinates federally funded traffic safety enforcement and education programs to improve driver behaviors and reduce the deaths and serious injuries that occur on Minnesota roads. OTS also administers state funds for the motorcycle safety program and for the child seats for needy families program.
OTS is an anchoring partner of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) traffic safety initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.