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In 2018, 113 motorists died on Minnesota roads in speed-related crashes, the most in a decade. For comparison, there were 88 speed-related fatalities in 2017 and 89 fatalities in 2016.
To help combat this dangerous trend, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is coordinating a speed campaign June 17–July 21 where officers from more than 300 agencies are conducting extra speed enforcement on Minnesota roadways.
The EPPD is hosting two speed enforcement details with our Towards Zero Deaths program partners and several more details on our own.
Last year speed was a contributing factor in 23% of single-vehicle crashes in Minnesota. There are many dangers associated with speeding: a greater potential for loss of vehicle control, increased stopping distance, less time for driver response for crash avoidance and increased crash severity, leading to more severe injuries and death.
If you get caught speeding, a citation typically costs more than $110 for traveling 10 mph over the speed limit. Fines double if you travel more than 20 mph over the limit and you can lose your license for six months if you get caught going 100 mph or more.
So, on behalf of the EPPD and our community, please slow to help keep our roadways safe.