Skip to main content

Speeding crackdown starts today after deadliest year since 2008

The Minnesota DPS says driving 'fast and furious is changing lives forever.'

Speeding caused more fatalities on Minnesota roads last year than any in the past decade.

That's according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, which has announced a crackdown on speeding will run starting Tuesday through July 21, with over 300 law enforcement agencies across the state taking part.

Last year, 113 people died on Minnesota roads in speed-related crashes, the first time the number has exceeded 100 since 2008, when 125 died in speed-related deaths.

However, there were 455 total fatalities in 2008 compared to 380 in 2018, meaning that a greater proportion of total deaths were caused by speeding last year than a decade ago.

"The sunny skies and dry roads are a welcome sight after months of dreary weather in Minnesota. But there’s no summer vacation when it comes to safe driving behaviors behind the wheel,” said Mike Hanson, director of the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety. 

"Going the speed limit and slowing down in construction zones are critical to us all coming home to our loved ones at the end of the day.”

Sign up: Subscribe to our daily newsletters

The extra enforcement comes during Minnesota's "100 deadliest days" on state roads, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when most fatal road incidents occur.

The DPS notes that speeding will carry fines of at least $110 plus court fees for those traveling 10mph over the limit, double for 20 mph over the limit, while you could lose your license for 6 months or more if you go over 100 mph.

Next Up

police tape

3 at trauma centers in critical condition after rural MN attack

Two victims and the alleged attacker are in critical condition.

grinch neighbor

Neighborhood 'grinch' sends letter to Burnsville family over holiday lights

A Burnsville family's holiday decorations were the subject of an anonymous complaint.

image

Anthropologie shutters Grand Avenue store, opening planned for Rosedale Center

The popular holiday shopping weekend marked the last for customers of the Grand Avenue store.

hospital, emergency room

Woman found on side of highway after hit-and-run

The 41-year-old was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Jorden Nicole Borders

Charges: Minnesota woman tortured her kids, removed boy's blood

Warning: This story contains upsetting content.

first snow

Will narrow band of 6+ inches of snow hit Twin Cities Tuesday?

The NWS says a band of 6+ inches is looking likely. It's now a matter of where.

ambulance

Siblings, ages 19 and 14, killed in crash on icy MN highway

The crash happened around 1:15 a.m. Saturday in Carlton County.

Nicholas Kraus

Man sentenced for fatally striking woman during Uptown protest

Nicholas Kraus, 36, of St. Paul drove into a protest in Uptown last year, killing Deona Marie Knajdek.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Fleeing suspect crashes into vehicle in Woodbury, 2 injured

The crash occurred Friday afternoon after a pursuit with Woodbury police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 2.34.44 PM

Yes, that's MN native Jenny Taft in a State Farm commercial

Jenny Taft got her broadcasting career started in Minneapolis in 2011.

crime scene tape - police tape

23-year-old woman critical after shooting in Plymouth

A 23-year-old woman was shot Friday night in Plymouth.

white Christmas

2 MN towns among most 'magical' winter locations in the country

The list was compiled by Trips Discover and published earlier this month.

Related

Father's Day weekend was the deadliest on MN roads since 2016

11 people lost their lives in accidents Friday through Sunday.

Illegal speed limit car

Extra enforcement across Minnesota after 'alarming' rise in speeding deaths

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has announced a statewide crackdown.

Car crash

Speed is fueling big rise in traffic deaths in Minnesota this year

Deaths are way up in Minnesota at this point in 2021 compared to 2020.

state patrol

Drivers caught speeding over 100 mph triples during Stay at Home order

DWIs have also been rising after initially dropping after the start of Stay at Home.

Speed limit

Speed limits will be reduced on Minneapolis, St. Paul streets

The change affects arterial and side streets in the metro's two biggest cities.

Car driving

Minnesota officials issue more than 17,000 speeding citations in July

Last month, 294 agencies participated in a campaign to crack down on speeding.