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JULY SPEED ENFORCEMENT PULLS OVER 27,638 SPEEDERS


Wed, Aug 11th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - A statewide, July-long extra enforcement of illegal and unsafe speed resulted in 27,638 motorists ticketed. The campaign was coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. Each year, illegal and unsafe speeding factors in around 130 deaths annually - about 70 percent of which occur in rural areas.

During the July enforcement, participating agencies ticketed 253 drivers for traveling over 90 mph, of which 26 were traveling over 100 mph. The agencies that ticketed the highest speeds:

· Wadena County Sheriff's Office - 178 mph (speed was self-reported by vehicle's passenger).

· Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office - 128 mph.

· Lakeville Police Department - 109 mph.

· Carver County Sheriff's Office - 107 mph.

· Douglas County Sheriff's Office - 106 mph.

· Wayzata Police Department - 105 mph.

· Minnetonka Police Department -104 mph.

Minnesota State Patrol ticketed 11 motorists over 100 mph, ranging between 100 and 110 mph.

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.

"Unsafe speeding is always a leading factor in serious and fatal crashes," says Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol. "The faster you go, the more likely you are to lose control of your vehicle and the harder you are going to crash."

The July enforcement supplemented an ongoing, 12-month speeding enforcement campaign that has resulted in 33,072 vehicle stops since launching in October 2009. The speed enforcement campaign will continue through September.

DPS reports the dangers of speeding include greater potential for loss of vehicle control; increased stopping distance; less time 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.

The speed campaigns are a component of the state's core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes - education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. The goal of the program is 400 o .....
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NEW TEXTING AND DRIVING PUBLIC SERVICE CAMPAIGN SHOWCASES "DEADLY THUMBS" AND THE TEXTING "TECHNIQUES"

Wed, Aug 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is launching a print and radio public service announcement campaign to educate motorists about the state's two-year-old texting-while-driving law. The campaign suppor ..... 
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BCA selects new breath test instrument vendor

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has entered into a contract to purchase a new fleet of breath testing instruments for use by Minnesota criminal justice agencies.

National Patent Analyt ..... 
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Hennepin Avenue's SEVEN opens its heart and its doors to 2 injured firefighters

Wed, Jul 28th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Minneapolis, MN (July 27, 2010) - A shout of "Mayday!" crackled over the scanner - a word every firefighter dreads.

A fiery burst blew out of the roof of the three-story home. Firefighter Jake LaFerriere hung on for life from a window before ..... 
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STATE ON PACE FOR LOWEST TRAFFIC FATALITIES SINCE 1944

Wed, Jul 21st, 2010
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ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety reports the state is on pace to have the lowest number of traffic deaths since 1944, despite at least three weekend deaths that pushed the 2010 total ..... 
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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), whi ..... 
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JUNE DWI ARRESTS: 125 BUSTED IN STATE'S 13 "DEADLIEST" COUNTIES FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
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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
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[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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