Enhanced speed patrols to be conducted in Caledonia in July Caledonia motorists will face enhanced speed enforcement patrols throughout July. Over the last three years, 2006–2008, speed was a contributing factor in nearly 400 deaths statewide.

Speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. According to Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), speed contributes to about 150 traffic deaths and 7,000 injuries each year. In Caledonia, a typical 10 mph over the limit speeding ticket can cost $120.

“Speeding motorists are a serious threat to everyone on the road,” said Officer Allan Johnson. “When speed increases, so does the chance for a violent crash.”

Local law enforcement agencies will be participating in the enhanced speed enforcement effort.

More than twice as many speed-related fatal crashes occur on rural roads than major urban roads.

Johnson said with warm weather comes an increase in speeding behavior, an important reminder to motorists in the heart of the summer driving season — the deadliest time on Minnesota roads. He also notes that increased speed does not save much travel time, rather, “your chances of being involved in a crash greatly increase as speed increases.” Traveling at 55 mph versus 45 mph for a 10-mile journey will only save about two and one-half minutes of travel time.

In Minnesota, speeding fines are doubled if a motorist is caught speeding 20 mph or more over the limit, and drivers traveling at speeds of 100 mph or more are subject to a six-month license revocation.

The Safe & Sober effort is coordinated by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. The campaign is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Death initiative (TZD). TZD is a multi-agency approach to address traffic issues regionally through enforcement, education, engineering and emergency trauma care and response.