Mid-June to mid-July proved to be more deadly for speeders than usual in Minnesota, with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Tuesday announcing there were 15 speed-related fatalities on Minnesota roads between June 22 and July 19.
Between the same dates the past four years there was never more than 8 speed-related deaths, and the DPS is again urging motorists to stop treating roadways like raceways.
The department backs up the "raceway" wording in its release with stunning speed stats, including 40 instances law enforcement reporting motorists exceeding 100 mph, including five pushing the speedometer past 125 mph.
- 141 mph - Blaine Police Department
- 137 mph - Minnesota State Patrol near Virginia
- 134 mph - Big Lake Police Department
- 130 mph - St. Anthony Police Department
- 126 mph - Minnesota State Patrol near Detroit Lakes
June 22 through July 19, which featured an extra speed enforcement campaign, resulted in 16,122 speeding tickets issued statewide. That total, however, is an improvement on last year's 21,439 citations issued between the same dates, which blew away each of the prior four years.
The DPS is asking motorists to obey traffic laws and slow down, as speeding can increase the chances of losing control of a vehicle, makes it harder to stop quickly and causes more serious injuries in the event of a crash.
Not to mention that a speeding ticket will typically cost a driver at least $110 for going 10 mph over the limit. Fines double for pushing a vehicle 20 mph over the limit, and motorists who reach 100 mph can lose their license for six months.