Anti-speeding campaign slaps over 16,000 Minnesota drivers with tickets

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The results from Minnesota's July speeding crackdown are in – and while fewer citations were issued this year than in 2014, the numbers show there are still plenty of lead feet out there.

According to a release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), officers in more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state cited 16,410 drivers for unsafe speeds from July 10-26.

That's about five hundred less than the tickets written last year, and the seatbelt citations issued in July – about 2,100 – is a couple hundred fewer than the seatbelt violations cited last summer.

While that dip is not insignificant, safety officials are troubled by some of the more "disturbing" driving behaviors they witnessed during the anti-speeding campaign.

These include a motorist who was stopped not only for drunk driving, but also for speeding at 100 miles per hour in Dakota County; a pair of motorcyclists who were clocked at 135 mph in Olmsted County; and a motorcyclist with a suspended license doing over a hundred in a 65 zone in Carver County.

The release also mentions a driver in Perham who was pulled over after going 100 mph and found to have an improperly restrained child in the backseat – and drug paraphernalia.

In all, 21 Minnesota counties reported citing drivers who'd broken into the triple-digits on the speedometer.

“Thrill seekers and those just in a hurry to get to their destination need to realize they are not only putting their lives at risk but endangering everyone on the road,” Office of Traffic Safety Director Donna Berger says in the release. “Getting to your destination safely is much more important than the few minutes you may save while putting others in harm’s way.”

The crackdown was coordinated through the DPS Office of Traffic Safety office, with some federal help from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

DPS says speed is the second leading factor in Minnesota's road deaths, causing 83 lives and 213 "serious injuries" a year.

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