Extra speed enforcement in November
The posted speed is the speed limit — and troopers, deputies and city officers are emphasizing the need to drive at safe speeds through accelerated speed patrols, Nov. 4-8. This enforcement and education effort is 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 2010–2012, speed was a contributing factor in at least 243 traffic deaths statewide, resulting in an economic impact of at least $333 million.
In Minnesota, an average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is $130. 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.
“As drivers, we can’t put our schedules ahead of other motorists’ safety,” State Patrol Sgt. Curt Mowers said. “Running late or being in a hurry are not excuses to speed and put other drivers at risk — traveling at unsafe speeds only speeds up your chances of crashing violently.”
Motorists are reminded to be patient behind the wheel and follow the posted speed as it reflects the safe speed for a road’s design.
The State Patrol reports that a motorist traveling at 65 mph compared to 55 mph will save only one minute and 41 seconds on a 10 mile trip. Also, more than twice as many speed-related fatal crashes occur on rural roads than major urban roads. Motorists should keep a three-second following distance to allow for safe stopping and reaction to other vehicles. It takes more than the length of a football field to stop when traveling at 60 mph.
Extra speed enforcement and education efforts are a part of Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative. 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.