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Three Dead on Minnesota Roads Before Noon Today

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The Minnesota State Patrol reports that three people have died in three separate crashes on Minnesota roads before noon Tuesday.

Those crashes involved a motorcyclist in Maple Grove, a semi vs. car in St. Louis County & a rollover in Mille Lacs County.

This deadly day comes after the state patrol released that Minnesota law enforcement agencies cited 17,415 motorists for driving at illegal and unsafe speeds during their July 6th - 21st enforcement 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)

Although speed may not have been a factor in Tuesday's crashes, troopers remind drivers to slow down no matter the day or conditions. 

"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."

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.

More than 200 people have already died on Minnesota roads this year.

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