17,415 Drivers Ticketed for Speeding in July Campaign
Law enforcement officials cited 17,415 motorists for speeding during a statewide speed enforcement campaign from July 6-21, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.
DPS gathered reports from 328 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota.
Agencies reported at least 12 motorists traveling more than 100 mph during the campaign. The highest speeds included:
- 148 mph—Minnesota State Patrol (Mankato District)
- 114 mph—Minnesota State Patrol (Marshall District)
- 111 mph—Minnesota State Patrol (West Metro District)
- 110 mph—Carver County Sheriff
- 105 mph—Minnesota State Patrol (Rochester District, Detroit Lakes District)
The average fine of a speeding ticket of 10 mph over the limit is around $120. If traveling more than 20 mph over the speed limit, motorists can face double the fine. Anyone driving more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.
“With traffic deaths surging in 2013, this enforcement campaign provided an opportunity to help create a safer driving environment on our roads by encouraging motorists to change their driving behaviors,” says Donna Berger, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. “If not corrected, those behaviors play a key role in a large number of serious and fatal crashes we see each year.”
The leading factor in most accident deaths is speeding, accounting for around 80 traffic deaths annually, according to DPS. Summer is the deadliest time of the year for driving.
This year, Minnesota surpassed the 200-traffic-death mark in late July, nearly a month ahead of last year’s pace, according to the Office of Traffic Safety.
Total speed citations and the highest speed recorded from each law enforcement agency: