A driver in Minnesota was caught by police speeding three times in the space of two-and-a-half-hours this week.
The Minnesota State Patrol says a 20-year-old man was the recipient of three tickets between 1:50 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. Wednesday in northern Minnesota.
"First stop: 73 in a 60 mph zone. Second stop: 76 in a 60 mph zone. Third stop: 78 in a 65 mph zone. Extra speed patrols are on Minnesota roads. Slow down!"
The incident came in a week in which the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and law enforcement agencies across Minnesota are running enhanced patrols to crack down on speeding.
That follows a huge increase in speed-related deaths in Minnesota so far this year.
As of May 12, there were 56 speed-related deaths on Minnesota roads, compared to just 26 at the same point in 2020 – albeit that included the early spring when there was a huge drop in driving due to the COVID Stay at Home order.
“Saving dozens more from dying this year is possible if we all just slow down,” said Col. Matt Langer, Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, this week.
"We can all control how fast we are going, and we can all take responsibility when it comes to driving smart. By going the speed limit, you can reduce your risk of crashing and get home to your family at the end of the day.”