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Extra speed enforcement July 6-21

The Minnesota State Patrol will be conducting a major summer’s speed enforcement and education effort July 6-21, as part of the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) traffic safety initiative. County and municipal agencies will be partnering with troopers on the campaign.

Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes.

Some districts are offering regular patrols focused on speed and some shifts are extra speed patrols. The first Speed Week for 2013 was in March, and the second one was recently completed in June. This “speed week” project for July is actually a couple weeks in duration, to finish out the summer, which also includes the Saturday motorcycle speed project.

Driving is a cooperative, not competitive activity, but drivers continually put others at risk by speeding, tailgating, unsafe passing, running lights and weaving in and out of traffic.

Tips in the case of encountering an aggressive driver:

• Stay calm and get out of their way. Do not challenge them and avoid eye contact.

• Ignore gestures and don’t return them.

• Be buckled up. A seat belt is important to maintain proper seating position in the case of abrupt driving maneuvers.

• Motorists may also report aggressive driving and should be prepared to provide vehicle description, license number and location.

Other traits for aggressive drivers include honking, screaming at motorists, as well as making hand gestures. State Patrol Lt. Joe Dwyer of the Brainerd District said, “Because speeding is such a big problem in the summer months, we really need to try to get all motorists to cooperate by obeying the speed limits.

“Safety for all travelers is our goal, and we know that we still need to educate and enforce until we get the message across.”

A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. Local community traffic safety coalitions support and promote these events.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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