Minn. Law Enforcement Targeting Speeding Drivers in New Campaign
Hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols this month as part of a statewide crackdown on speeding drivers.
Public safety officials say illegal speeding is the most commonly reported factor contributing to fatal crashes.
Speed was a factor in more than 250 traffic deaths and nearly 700 severe injuries between 2009 and 2011, according to the Department of Public Safety. Those crashes carried an economic impact of $584 million.
Traveling 10 mph over the limit? The typical speeding citation carries a $120 fine. Fines double for drivers traveling 20 mph over the limit.
A driver caught traveling more than 100 mph can lose his or her license for six months.
Officials say traveling at high speeds creates greater potential for loss of vehicle control, leaves less time for drivers to avoid crashes, and increases the severity of crashes.
Approximately 400 law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in the July campaign, which supplements an ongoing enforcement campaign that began in October.