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Speed campaign catches many drivers driving at high speeds


Wed, Aug 10th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

STATEWIDE SPEED ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN CITES 21 MOTORISTS IN EXCESS OF 100 MILES PER HOUR

Added Speed Patrols Continue through September

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety today announced 21 motorists were ticketed for speeding in excess of 100 mph, and 72 drivers were cited for going more than 90 mph during a statewide speed enforcement campaign in July.

Enhanced speed patrols, coordinated by the DPS Office of Traffic Safety, State Patrol and the Minnesota Department of Transportation will continue in select traffic areas through September.

"Many motorists fail to see the dangers in speeding and don't understand its deadly consequences," says State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske. "This campaign focuses on educating drivers that when your speed increases, so does your risk of crashing."

DPS reports illegal and unsafe speeding factored in at least 86 deaths in 2010 - 65 percent occurred in rural areas.

The highest speeds recorded that resulted in a ticket during the July enforcement were: 135 mph (Benson Police); 118 mph (Swift County Sheriff's Office); 110 mph (Fridley Police); 107 mph (St. Louis County Sheriff's Office); 106 mph (Blaine Police and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office); 105 mph (Anoka, Marshall, Norman and Washington county sheriff's offices).

The average cost of a speeding ticket in Minnesota is around $120 for 10 miles 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.

The 12-month speed campaign targets specific "problem" corridors in many parts of the state that have high numbers of deaths, serious injuries, DWI arrests, and speed and distracted driving-related crashes. The speed enforcement includes a focus on aggressive driving behavior, such as tailgating, abrupt lane changes and red light running. Roeske also cautions motorists to pass carefully, especially on two-lane rural roads on which most of the state's fatal crashes occur.



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.

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MINNESOTA HITS 100 ROAD DEATHS FOR THE YEAR Nine Deaths in the Last Week Pushes State Over Milestone

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports





ST. PAUL - More than 100 people have been killed in traffic crashes on Minnesota roads so far in 2011. The preliminary count of 102 is 23 percent below the pace of 2010, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Of ..... 
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From byway to highway, wearing seatbelts is a law of the roadway!

Tue, May 24th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

LANESBORO - To prevent the traffic fatalities and serious injuries associated with unbelted nighttime, teen, and rural drivers, southeastern Minnesota community members and traffic professionals are rallying to support Click It or Ticket efforts. Be ..... 
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3 busted in meth lab operation, 1 unregistered sex offender

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports

In what appears to be somewhat of a failed sex offender registry tracking system from one state to another, the pursuit of Scott Sorenson resulted in the discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory in Amherst Township. This discovery led to the arrest ..... 
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DPS PROJECTS 2010 MINNESOTA TRAFFIC DEATHS TO MATCH 2009 - LOWEST SINCE 1944

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
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ST. PAUL - At least 410 people were killed on Minnesota roads in 2010, according to preliminary records from the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. DPS projects the final 2010 count to close around the ..... 
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INCREASED DWI PATROLS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE CAP MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN

Wed, Dec 29th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - As the ball drops on 2010, a statewide DWI enforcement campaign will drop the hammer on impaired drivers during New Year's Eve celebrations. Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials encourage motorists to celebrate saf ..... 
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675 ARRESTED FOR DWI MIDWAY THROUGH STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN

Wed, Dec 15th, 2010
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ST. PAUL -Midway through a December-long statewide increased DWI enforcement campaign, preliminary reports from 170 law enforcement agencies indicate 675 motorist DWI arrests. In all, around 400 agencies are conducting the increased patrols t ..... 
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Help reduce snow hazards

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The Fillmore County Highway Department and the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office are asking the public to help reduce the hazards created by snow being plowed across or onto public roads and right-of-ways.

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STATE NAMES 13 COUNTIES FACING INCREASED DWI PATROLS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011

Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety today named the state's 13 "most dangerous" counties for impaired driving that will be targeted with extra DWI patrols through September 2011. All 13 counties will di ..... 
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