Skip to main content

State Patrol: Excessive speeding still a problem on MN roads

Slow down, Minnesota.
state patrol

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."

Next Up

Redtail Ridge Elementary

Sunbather on the roof triggers shelter-in-place at Savage elementary school

The sunbather told police he was trying to "tan and relax."

Nero

The Raptor Center's ambassador, Nero the turkey vulture, dies at 47

Nero helped save the California condors before taking up his post as an education ambassador.

Ben Leber

Ben Leber named new permanent co-host of 'Twin Cities Live'

The former Minnesota Vikings linebacker was introduced Friday afternoon.

MPR

APM Reports, maker of 'In the Dark' podcast, nixed by Minnesota Public Radio

MPR said "select programming elements" of APM Reports will be incorporated into MPR News.

storm, severe

The latest on holiday weekend severe weather chances for MN

The most significant severe threats are Sunday night and again on Monday.

Arianna Vos

Charges: Driver was drunk, high in head-on crash that killed 19-year-old woman

The young woman killed in the crash was a college student studying zoology.

motorcycle

Motorcyclist killed in Ham Lake after passing in the turn lane

The motorcyclist was hit by a car turning onto the road.

Keith Ellison

Minnesota gets cut of Ford settlement over misleading ads

The $19.2 million settlement centers on Ford's C-Max hybrid and Super Duty pickup truck.

Related

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.

Screen Shot 2021-09-13 at 12.19.11 PM

Driving in western WI? State Patrol will be watching from the sky

They'll be using airplanes and drones to patrol specific counties this week.

traffic stop

Speeding remains dangerous issue on Minnesota roads, DPS says

There were at least five instances of motorists clocked at more than 125 mph.

state patrol

Driver hits trifecta with 3 speeding tickets in 1 hour

He was caught going 55 mph OVER the speed limit.

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.

state patrol

State Patrol trying to locate vehicle involved in deadly hit-and-run

The April 2 hit-and-run killed a 67-year-old Oakdale woman.