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SPEEDING DRIVERS ON THE RADAR FOR JULY ENFORCEMENT


Tue, Jul 13th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - To counter the trend of motorists increasing speeds during summer, Minnesota law enforcement agencies are stepping up speed patrols in July. The added speed enforcement is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), which reports illegal and unsafe speeding as factors in around 130 deaths annually - about 70 percent of which occur in rural areas.

The statewide July effort includes around 400 agencies and supplements an ongoing, 12-month speeding enforcement campaign that has resulted in 22,192 vehicle stops since launching in October 2009. Reports from that campaign indicate males drivers ages 21-34 are the biggest offenders, accounting for 22 percent of stops.

The speed patrols include a focus on aggressive driving behavior, such as tailgating, abrupt lane changes and red light running. Costs of speeding violations vary by county, but typically ramp up to at least $120 for traveling 10 mph over the limit. Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face double the fine, and those ticketed traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.

"It's no secret that many drivers exceed the speed limit, often to dangerous extremes," says Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol. "Now is the time to think twice about putting yourself at risk, and at greater risk of a ticket."

DPS reports the dangers of speeding include greater potential for loss of vehicle control; increased stopping distance; less time available for driver response for crash avoidance; and increased crash severity. Motorists should keep at least a three-second following distance, as it takes more than the length of a football field to stop when traveling at 60 miles per hour.

MnDOT recorded travel speed data on select roadways during Oct. 2008-March 2009 - prior to the enforcement - as well as during the same period a year later with speed patrols in effect. Their preliminary data show the percentage of motorists driving 10 mph over the limit decreased from 13 percent during the non-enforcement period to 11 percent during increased patrols - considered a significant drop based on volume of traffic. Overall, there are now 61,292 fewer vehicles driving 10 mph above the posted speed limit compared to the non-enforcement measuring period.

Among the measured corridors that recorded fewer speeders traveling 10 mph over the limit since enforcement began are:

· I-35 (Chisago County) - 7.21 percent reducti .....
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JUNE DWI ARRESTS: 125 BUSTED IN STATE'S 13 "DEADLIEST" COUNTIES FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - State Patrol Troopers, County Deputies and City Officers partnered to arrest 125 impaired drivers in June during enhanced DWI patrols in the state's 13 counties with the most alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries, according to the Mi ..... 
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RED CROSS WRAPS UP DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, June 19, 2010] - Trained Red Cross damage assessment volunteers have completed their survey of damage caused to homes, mobile homes, and apartments in Minnesota due to the storms that hit the state on Thursday night, June 16. The fina ..... 
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AMERICAN RED CROSS OPENS SHELTERS FOR AREA STORM VICTIMS

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, June 18, 2010, 12:15 AM] - The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester, for any area residents who are without safe shelter due to the tornadoes and straight-line winds ..... 
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Red Cross Begins Feeding in Affected Communities

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, June 18, 2010, 12:00 AM] - The American Red Cross will soon begin feeding operations in the Ellendale community as well as in the Lincolnshire neighborhood of northwest Rochester. Our disaster assessment teams are also beginning to re ..... 
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AGENCIES KICKING OFF SUMMER WITH MOTORCYCLE ENFORCEMENT

Tue, Jun 15th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL -As thousands of motorcycle riders hit the roads this summer, around 400 agencies across Minnesota will ramp up patrols on Saturday, June 19 for enhanced motorcycle enforcement to stop impaired and speeding riders. The Department of Public S ..... 
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Fire at the Fillmore Central High School investigation complete

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The investigation has been completed on the fire that occurred at the Fillmore Central High School in Harmony on May 19th.

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Fire Marshall's Office have concluded that the fire start ..... 
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Sheriff's News Release: Fire at the Fillmore Central High School - May 19, 2010

Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The investigation has been completed on the fire that occurred at the Fillmore Central High School in Harmony on May 19th.

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Fire Marshall's Office have concluded that the fire started ..... 
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Not alone

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Three years ago it was Trout Days, and I had just finished performing a song with my good friend and duet partner, Sami Skaalen. Another friend ran up to me and told me my father's house was on fire. This time around, it was my father who told me ab ..... 
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