Officers plan speed effort
Submitted by Brandon on July 6, 2007 - 11:44am.
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Officers, deputies and state troopers will accelerate patrols to curb speeding Scott County motorists July 1 through August 12.

Over the last five years, speed was a contributing factor in 15 deaths in Scott County and 843 deaths statewide. Speeding is the most commonly reported factor in fatal crashes, especially during the summertime. Each year in Minnesota, speed contributes to about 150 traffic deaths and 7,000 traffic injuries.

“Ideal road conditions lead to motorists increasing speeds and ignoring speed limits,” Jordan Police Officer Jon Wamsley said. “Get in the habit of checking your speedometer, or get in the habit of meeting us on the shoulder of the road.”

Wamsley cautioned motorists traveling during the summertime to leave plenty of time in advance to avoid the urge to speed. He said that speeding doesn’t save much travel time and greatly increases the risk of a crash. Traveling at 55 mph versus 45 mph for a 10-mile journey will save only 2-1/2 minutes of travel time.

The speed enforcement effort is a Safe and Sober campaign coordinated with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The effort will include hundreds of law enforcement agencies partnering statewide throughout the summer.

In Minnesota, speeding fines are doubled if a motorist is caught speeding 20 mph or more over the speed limit. Drivers traveling 100 mph or faster are subject to a six-month license revocation.

The Safe and Sober education and enforcement campaign is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is designed to reduce the number of traffic crashes and injuries.