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Speed/Aggressive Driving

The Dangers of Illegal and Unsafe Speeding

Each year, illegal or unsafe speed is a leading contributing factor in Minnesota fatal crashes. To continue educating the public on the dangers of speed, law enforcement across Minnesota will conduct extra speed patrols July 8 - 22.
On average, speed contributes to:
  • 81 deaths and 211 serious injuries each year.
  • 21 percent of all fatal crashes.
  • Speed-related crashes contributed to 117 deaths in the last five years (2011-2015) during Minnesota 100 most deadliest days on the road (Memorial Day – Labor Day).
Speeding can lead to:
  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control.

  • Increased stopping distance.

    • At 40 mph, braking distance is 79 feet, with total stopping distance with reaction time 118 feet.

    • At 60 mph, braking distance is 180 feet, with total stopping distance with reaction time 240 feet.

    • At 80 mph, braking distance is 315 feet, with total stopping distance with reaction time 394 feet.

    • At 100 mph, braking distance is 499 feet, with total stopping distance with reaction time 597 feet.

  • Decreased response time for crash avoidance.

  • Increased crash severity — the faster the speed , the more violent the crash.


Speed played a role in each of these crashes


Speak Up: Tell the driver to slow down

  • Tell the driver to obey the speed limit to protect their life and yours.
  •  Most speeders think they’re above-average drivers but they’re 60 percent more likely to be in a crash than the average driver (OTS High Risk Driver Study 2014).
  • Tell the driver to obey the speed limit to save money.
  • For every 5 mph over 50 mph, it’s like paying an additional 19-cents per gallon.
    • Traveling at 55 mph versus 45 mph for a 10-mile trip will only save a driver a little more than two minutes travel time. 

You are an aggressive driver if you:

  • Ignore traffic signals

  • Speed and tailgate

  • Weave in and out of traffic

  • Make improper lane changes frequently and abruptly

  • Pass on the shoulder

  • Make hand and facial gestures

  • Scream, honk and flash lights.


If confronted by an aggressive driver, you should:


  • Get out of their way.
  • Stay calm — reaching your destination safely is your goal.

  • Do not challenge them.

  • Avoid eye contact.

  • Ignore gestures and don’t return them.

  • Report aggressive driving (vehicle description, license number, location).

  • Always buckle up to maintain proper seating position in case of abrupt driving maneuvers.

Report Aggressive Drivers:

  • Find a safe place to call 911

  • Be prepared to provide location, vehicle description and license plate.


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.