State Patrol: Excessive speeding still a problem on MN roads

Slow down, Minnesota.
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While traffic levels have been slashed significantly statewide due to the stay-at-home order, the Minnesota State Patrol says it has still seen too many instances of excessive speeding. 

"Excessive speeding continues to be a problem on Minnesota roads. It’s not just a metro problem either. Motorists are being stopped in all corners of the state," the State Patrol said in a Facebook post. 

Among the incidents where troopers stopped drivers for going way to fast: 

– Five drivers in southeast Minnesota going at least 30 mph over the speed limit on April 6 and they were clocked at speeds of 99 mph, 107 mph, 108 mph, 100 mph and 97 mph. 

– Driver in southwest Minnesota going 114 in a 60 mph zone on Hwy. 23. 

– Three drivers ticketed in Hennepin County on April 11 for going at least 90 mph, including one driver clocked at 114 mph. 

– Driver near Alexandria on April stopped twice in 20 minutes for going 97 mph and 91 mph in a 70 mph zone. 

"The speed limit is the law for a reason. Slow down — it could save a life. Maybe even your own," the State Patrol said. 

According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, there were 25 fatal crashes between the start of the stay-at-home order, March 16, and April 12, which ranks as the highest for that period of time over the past five years. 

"Speeding and careless driving were among the most frequently cited contributing factors in traffic fatalities," the traffic safety department said. "Let’s make sure hospital beds are available for those dealing with COVID-19. Preventing critical injuries from a crash can help make that happen."

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