ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety today announced 21 motorists were ticketed for speeding in excess of 100 mph, and 72 drivers were cited for going more than 90 mph during a statewide speed enforcement campaign in July.
Enhanced speed patrols, coordinated by the DPS Office of Traffic Safety, State Patrol and the Minnesota Department of Transportation will continue in select traffic areas through September.
“Many motorists fail to see the dangers in speeding and don’t understand its deadly consequences,” says State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske. “This campaign focuses on educating drivers that when your speed increases, so does your risk of crashing.”
DPS reports illegal and unsafe speeding factored in at least 86 deaths in 2010 — 65 percent occurred in rural areas. (View 2008–2010 speeding facts by county.)
The highest speeds recorded that resulted in a ticket during the July enforcement were: 135 mph (Benson Police); 118 mph (Swift County Sheriff’s Office); 110 mph (Fridley Police); 107 mph (St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office); 106 mph (Blaine Police and Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office); 105 mph (Anoka, Marshall, Norman and Washington county sheriff’s offices).
The average cost of a speeding ticket in Minnesota is around $120 for 10 miles over the limit. 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.
The 12-month speed campaign targets specific “problem” corridors in many parts of the state that have high numbers of deaths, serious injuries, DWI arrests, and speed and distracted driving-related crashes. The speed enforcement includes a focus on aggressive driving behavior, such as tailgating, abrupt lane changes and red light running. Roeske also cautions motorists to pass carefully, especially on two-lane rural roads on which most of the state’s fatal crashes occur. Learn what to
DPS reports the dangers of speeding include greater potential for loss of vehicle control; increased stopping distance; less time available for driver response for crash avoidance; and increased crash severity. Motorists should keep at least a three-second following distance, as it takes more than the length of a football field to stop when traveling at 60 miles per hour.
Speed enforcement and education is a component Minnesota’s core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). 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.
To-date in Minnesota in 2011, there has been 194 traffic deaths, compared to 229 at this time in 2010.