Thursday, August 4, 2016

Extra Speed Enforcement Proves Costly for More than 13,000 Motorists

More than 300 law enforcement agencies participated in July's two-week extra speed enforcement around Minnesota from July 8 – 22.
·         Officers, deputies and troopers issued 13,214 citations for unsafe speeds; that's compared with 16,410 speeding tickets during last year's campaign.
·         There were also 1,543 seat belt citations compared with 2,101 in 2015.
Speeders Put Lives at Risk
During the campaign, 19 agencies reported speeds of 100 mph or more. Those speeds included:
·         120 mph – Rosemount Police  
·         117 mph – Hermantown Police 
·         112 mph – Minnesota State Patrol
·         111 mph – Rock County Sheriff's Office 
·         110 mph – Medina Police 
·         110 mph – Minnesota State Patrol
The list of speeding citations and highest speed by participating agency can be found online.
Dangerous Excuses 
Some of the excuses law enforcement heard during the two-week period:
·         Trying to get to McDonald's before it closed. 
·         My multiple boxes of frozen meat are melting in the back seat.
·         I was going 55 in a 55, or whatever the speed limit is in the area.
Coordinated Effort
·         The enhanced enforcement and education efforts are coordinated through the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) with overtime paid with federal funds received from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  
·         The extra overtime shifts also resulted in a number of other arrests and citations for DWI and texting-while-driving.
Consequences of Speeding
·         Greater potential for loss of vehicle control.
·         Increased stopping distance.
·         Less time for driver response for crash avoidance.
·         Increased crash severity leading to more severe injuries and death.

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