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DPS Ramps Up Speeding Enforcement for Summer

Updated: 06/16/2014 2:32 PM
Created: 06/16/2014 2:14 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

It's summer and instead of being stuck in a classroom, most students are out and about.

But the Minnesota Department of Public Safety warns teens to be careful when they hit the road.

Summer is the deadliest season on state roads. Statistics show, on average, there are more than 900 crashes involving teen drivers each month during the summer.

DPS says 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will be ramping up their patrols this week, concentrating on speeders. They are hoping to reduce the amount of traffic crashes, deaths and serious injuries caused by speeding.

From 2011 to 2013, speed was a factor in 213 fatal crashes, killing 235 people and leaving 666 with serious injuries.

DPS says in addition to putting others at risk, speeding:

  • Increases the possibility of losing control of your vehicle
  • Requires a greater distance to come to a stop
  • Decreases the time available for drivers to respond to traffic situations and avoid crashes
  • Increases the severity of a crash; the faster the speed, the more violent the crash

Driving at least 20 mph over the speed limit doubles fines. Those ticketed going more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.

The extra enforcement began Monday and will last through Friday.

"Click It or Ticket," a seatbelt enforcement campaign from May 19 through June 1, led to 10,874 seatbelt citations and 279 child restraint tickets.

Another statewide speed reduction campaign will run again in July.

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