Speeders on the radar

Officers, deputies, and troopers in Chisago, Pine, and Kanabec Counties will accelerate patrols to curb speeding motorists during July and August. Law enforcement agencies in Isanti, Lindstrom, Wyoming, and Chisago Lakes are also joining the effort. Over the past five years, speed was a contributing factor in a number of deaths in the area.

Speeding is the most commonly reported factor in fatal crashes - especially during the summertime, the deadliest period on Minnesota roads. Each year in Minnesota, speed contributes to about 150 traffic deaths and 7,000 injuries. In east central Minnesota, a speeding ticket for over 10 m.p.h. over the limit can be costly.

“Ideal road conditions lead to motorists increasing speeds and ignoring speed limits,” noted Isanti Police Chief Ron Sager. “Get in the habit of checking your speedometer, or get in the habit of meeting us on the shoulder.”

The Isanti County Towards Zero Deaths Program cautions motorists traveling during the summertime to leave plenty of time in advance to avoid the urge to speed. Speeding doesn’t save much travel time and greatly increases the risk of a crash. Traveling at 55 m.p.h. versus 45 m.p.h. for a 10 mile trip will save only two-and-a-half minutes of travel time.

Speed enforcement is a Safe & Sober campaign coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. This 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 m.p.h. or more over the speed limit, drivers traveling 100 m.p.h. or more are subject to a six-month license revocation.