# Thread: MN - Speeders, beware; state steps up enforcement, rolls out new ad campaign

2. ## Re: MN - Speeders, beware; state steps up enforcement, rolls out new ad campaign

My BS meter pegged full scale right from the first sentence to the last.

Minnesota law enforcement agencies are accelerating patrols in 2010 to combat one of the state’s leading contributors to fatal traffic crashes – speeding.
Yeah, right.
DPS reports that a motorist traveling at 65 miles per hour compared to 55 mph will save only 1 minute and 41 seconds on a 10 mile trip.
Either of those speeds is practically standing still on an open interstate. Let's tweak the math just a little: 75 mph instead of 55, for a 20 mile trip, saves you around 5.8 minutes. Still doesn't sound like much? Do this commute 5 days a week, that's 29 minutes a week. Over the course of a year (let's say 50 weeks, or 250 commutes) that's 24 hours, 10 minutes. An entire DAY saved.

Multiply that by however many thousands are driving and "speeding," and we're talking YEARS, not just minutes saved.

3. ## Re: MN - Speeders, beware; state steps up enforcement, rolls out new ad campaign

Glad you enjoyed the post. I just saw Missouri had a bunch of fatalities over the memorial day weekend. My question is why? There was supposed to be extra enforcment out on the road ways to prevent that.

So they questions are;

What if the police were not on the highways? Would there be more deaths? Or the same amount?

Did it really reduce the death rate with them being out more?

4. ## Re: MN - Speeders, beware; state steps up enforcement, rolls out new ad campaign

Originally Posted by kpatz
My BS meter pegged full scale right from the first sentence to the last.

Minnesota law enforcement agencies are accelerating patrols in 2010 to combat one of the state’s leading contributors to fatal traffic crashes – speeding.
Yeah, right.
DPS reports that a motorist traveling at 65 miles per hour compared to 55 mph will save only 1 minute and 41 seconds on a 10 mile trip.
Either of those speeds is practically standing still on an open interstate. Let's tweak the math just a little: 75 mph instead of 55, for a 20 mile trip, saves you around 5.8 minutes. Still doesn't sound like much? Do this commute 5 days a week, that's 29 minutes a week. Over the course of a year (let's say 50 weeks, or 250 commutes) that's 24 hours, 10 minutes. An entire DAY saved.

Multiply that by however many thousands are driving and "speeding," and we're talking YEARS, not just minutes saved.
That's precisely how I view the time saved argument. It's ridiculous when they compare the time saved on one trip when the cumulative savings of mutiple trips is where the real difference counts.

5. ## Re: MN - Speeders, beware; state steps up enforcement, rolls out new ad campaign

Yea this is true. I have seen much more speed enforcement on the freeways recently.

6. ## Re: MN - Speeders, beware; state steps up enforcement, rolls out new ad campaign

Originally Posted by StlouisX50
Glad you enjoyed the post. I just saw Missouri had a bunch of fatalities over the memorial day weekend. My question is why? There was supposed to be extra enforcement out on the road ways to prevent that.

So they questions are;

What if the police were not on the highways? Would there be more deaths? Or the same amount?

Did it really reduce the death rate with them being out more?
well if you look at what really is the cause of the accidents the answer is NO! Because the extra enforcement were out looking for "speeders" when the real culprits are distracted drivers and drunks. they do set up DUI check points but those are mostly fishing expeditions and rarely catch many drunks.

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