Over 300 Agencies to Crack Down on Speeding

The Minnesota State Patrol is Partnering with Local Agencies from July 7-23

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting Friday, July 7, the Minnesota State Patrol will be joining forces with 300 local agencies across the state to crack down on speeding.

The partnership comes as Minnesotans drive through the 100 deadliest days of summer on Minnesota roadways.

According to the State Patrol, 92 people lost their lives last year on Minnesota roads due to speeding. It’s a number the State Patrol wants to see decrease with the help of local agencies.

State troopers, deputies, and local police officers will crack down on drivers speeding from July 7 through July 23.

Sgt. Neil Dickenson with the Minnesota State Patrol says over the past five years, speed related accidents have increased.

“People are getting hurt on our roads because of people that choose to drive over the speed limit,” said Dickenson. “It’s a major contributing factor why people are getting hurt or dying on our roads today.”

The Patrol has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to speeding.

Drivers going over the speed limit are subject to being pulled over.

Speed is easily recorded with radar technology from land or by air.

“The officer will look at a vehicle, have that target in mind, and we’re out patrolling running radar or stationary, we’re going to make sure that’s the vehicle we’re actually getting here,” said Dickenson.

When speeding, your stopping distance increases, drivers have a greater chance of losing control and less time to respond in a crisis situation.

Sgt. Dickenson wants to remind drivers to wear seatbelts and avoid all distractions in your vehicle.

The Minnesota State Patrol also want to remind drivers to slow down when traveling through a construction zone.

Fines are increased for speeding tickets in designated zones.

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