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Extra Speed Enforcement. Speeding? Expect to be Stopped

​With an alarming number of speed-related traffic fatalities and serious crashes reported on Minnesota roads, state officials announced a statewide crackdown on speeding drivers and an education campaign aimed at motorists who are driving at dangerous speeds.


The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS), in collaboration with the Minnesota departments of Health and Transportation, is implementing the extra enforcement and public outreach campaign. The three state agencies are the anchoring partners of the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) coalition that works to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on Minnesota roads.expectbestoppedsign.jpg

DPS-OTS is coordinating the campaign with initial funding of $1 million from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The effort will include the State Patrol, police and sheriff departments around the state.

Preliminary reports show 120 motorists died in speed-related crashes in 2020, the most since 2008 (125). The 397 traffic fatalities in 2020 (preliminary) are the most in five years, with speed contributing to 30 percent of all fatalities last year. Six people have already lost their lives this year in speed-related crashes (Jan. 1-Feb. 8).

“We’re taking a multi-agency, concerted effort with law enforcement and traffic safety partners statewide because speeding is the one bad decision that makes every other driving mistake worse,” says Mike Hanson, Office of Traffic Safety director. “Too often we see crashes from distracted or impaired driving where speed turns a minor crash into a fatal or life-changing event for those involved. We all need to drive smart by going the speed limit or driving to the conditions of the road, especially in the winter. If we all do our part, we can get home safely to our families at the end of the day.” 
 

2021 Speed Fatalities

​One traffic fatality is too many, but 50 by the first week of March is unacceptable. The 50 fatalities compares with 41 this time last year. Minnesota did not reach 50 traffic fatalities until March 18 in 2020.

Speed continues to play a major role in Minnesota traffic fatalities with 17 of the 50 death speed-related, compared with 10 speed-related deaths this time last year.

Recent fatalities include:

  • A 39-year-old man on an ATV traveling 40 mph while racing a dirt bike on County Road 74 in Benton County. The ATV driver drifted into the opposite lane and collided with an on-coming vehicle, killing the ATV driver.   
  • A car going too fast for conditions in Scott County lost control at a curve in the blowing snow, crossed the center line and collided head-on with a pickup. The car's driver was killed.  
  • A car pulled out from a stop sign to turn left onto a divided highway in Houston County and was struck broadside by a semi. The unbelted passenger in the car was killed.  

Please drive smart and help save lives on Minnesota roads.

Updated Point of Impact Program

​Updated videos are now available for communities and driver’s education schools to implement in the Point of Impact Program.

The class increases parent awareness of teen driving risks, Minnesota's teen driver laws, and the important role parents play in developing a safer teen driver.

The video, which is broken up into two parts, is meant as a replacement to the original video and should be used moving forward.

The videos, which can be previewed below, include a powerful testimonial from a Minnesota family who lost their teen son when he was behind the wheel and teen driving advice from Minnesota State Patrol troopers.

Please contact Gordy Pehrson to obtain the updated Point of Impact power point and videos. Gordy.pehrson@state.mn.us  

The Department of Public Safety thanks you for all the hard work you put into the Point of Impact program and for teaching our teens the importance of driving smart. Together we can help save lives on Minnesota roads.