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Extra enforcement on roads in July

Extra enforcement on roads in July

Minnesota officers have heard every excuse from motorists for speeding, but now motorists should hear this: There will be enhanced speed enforcement patrols in July as part of a statewide campaign coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. During 2009–2011, speed factored in 254 traffic deaths statewide and 689 severe, life-altering injuries, resulting in an economic impact of $584 million.

Many drivers may not perceive speeding as a great risk on the road, but when you push above the speed limit, you are pushing the limits of road safety, said Donna Berger, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety, in a press release. Driving at unsafe speeds is just as dangerous and deadly as drunk and distracted driving.

The statewide July effort includes around 400 agencies — State Patrol, county sheriffs’ offices and municipal agencies — and supplements an ongoing, 12-month enforcement campaign that launched in October of 2011. During October 2011 to March, (most recent data), this campaign has resulted in 18,878 vehicle stops and 3,573 speed tickets, with male drivers ages 21-34 accounting for 22 percent of the stops.

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.

In a similar statewide campaign last July, nearly 20,000 motorists were cited for speeding of which 21 were above 100 mph.

The dangers and consequences 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.

Officials say motorists should keep a three-second following distance to allow for safe stopping and reaction to other vehicles.

The enforcement is promoted by an ad campaign that spotlights various excuses motorists give for speeding.

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