Police to conduct speed enforcement in July
Submitted by shawn hogendorf on July 6, 2009 - 12:50pm.
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Scott County law enforcement officers will conduct enhanced speed enforcement patrols throughout July.
Speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes, according to Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Speed contributes to about 150 traffic deaths and 7,000 injuries each year.
“Speeding motorists are a serious threat to everyone on the road,” said Savage Police Sgt. Mike Schiltz. “When speed increases, so does the chance for violent a crash.”
The Scott County Sheriff Department, along with the Savage, Prior Lake, Shakopee, New Prague, Jordan and Belle Plaine police departments will participate in the enhanced speed enforcement effort. Motorist can expect to see high visibility enforcement throughout the county with multiple squads working together in one area.
With warm weather comes an increase in speeding behavior, Schiltz said. This is an important reminder to motorists in the heart of the summer driving season, which his the deadliest time on Minnesota roads.
Increased speed does not save much travel time, Schiltz said. Rather, “your chances of being involved in a crash greatly increase as speed increases.”
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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. Drivers traveling at speeds of 100 mph or more are subject to a six-month license revocation.
The Safe and Sobereffort 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 – a multi-agency approach to address traffic issues regionally through enforcement, education, engineering and emergency trauma care and response.