Minnesota authorities issued more than 17,000 speeding citations in July as part of a campaign to crack down on illegal driving.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 294 agencies in Minnesota issued a total of 17,205 speeding citations from July 1 to July 31.
Agencies taking part in the campaign put out extra patrols on the road and increased awareness efforts surrounding speeding.
It represents an increase on the same campaign last year, when a little over 16,000 citations were issued from 323 agencies, and comes in a year in which speeding has become of increasing concern, and playing a major role in numerous fatal crashes.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says that 55 agencies reported citations for speeds of more than 100 mph last month, up from 40 agencies last year.
Among the top speeds were a driver going 131 miles per hour in St. Cloud, a driver going 128 miles per hour in Mankato and a driver going 125 miles per hour near Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
DPS also listed some of the excuses drivers gave for exceeding the speed limit. One driver reportedly told officers they were driving a hybrid and could not hear the engine. Another said they meant to go to Wayzata and had accidentally traveled for two hours in the wrong direction.
One driver simply stated they were “having a bad day,” according to DPS.
DPS also noted the risks of speeding, citing this year’s speed-related traffic fatality numbers. With 257 fatalities from Jan. 1 to July 31, 2021 had the most fatalities during that time frame of any of the five years reported.