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Minnesota Targeting Speeders

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400 agencies throughout Minnesota are targeting those who speed during the month of July. Troopers, deputies, and officers will be specifically targeting patrols on enforcing speed limits throughout the state.

One of the biggest dangers of excessive speed is fatal or serve crashes. Last year alone speed resulted in 254 traffic deaths and 689 severe, life altering injuries.  

Minnesota Department of Public Safety reminds drivers the Dangers of speeding:

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control.
  • Increased stopping distance — It takes more than the length of a football field to stop when traveling at 60 miles per hour.
  • Less time available for driver response for crash avoidance.
  • Increased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries.

Troopers say they're not out targeting people just to write tickets, but rather keep the roads safe for everyone.

Sergeant Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol says, "really what we're trying to target here is the excessive speed where it gets to be a real issue such as maybe aggressive driving things like that especially the people that are in and out of traffic and driving very aggressively not only presenting a danger to themselves but again the rest of the motoring public around them".

Penalties for drivers who take this message lightly should know speeding citations for 10 mph over the limit are typically more than $120. Drivers 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.

Troopers say the best thing you can do is always drive the speed limit and keep a three-second following distance between you and other drivers to allow for safe stopping and reaction time.

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