"Trying to get to McDonald's before it closed" and "My multiple boxes of frozen meat are melting in the back seat" were just a few of the excuses officials heard during a campaign targeting speeding drivers.
Law enforcement gave out more than 13,000 speeding tickets during the two-week "extra speed enforcement" effort last month.
That's down 3,000 speeding citations from last year's campaign, according to a news release.
Furthermore, 19 law enforcement agencies ticketed a driver for going 100 mph or faster. Speeding greatly puts other lives at risk, the agency said in the release. In 2015, a total of 78 people died in speed-related crashes on Minnesota roads.
Denial was also common, according to the news release. "I was going 55 in a 55, or whatever the speed limit is in the area," was another excuse, the release said.
Who gave out the most tickets?
The State Patrol gave out more tickets in comparison to participating police departments. The Golden Valley State Patrol District had the most speeders – 760 to be exact. Rochester and Oakdale areas were also high, with over 500 tickets written by the State Patrol in each district.
The Edina PD gave out 339 speeding citations – more than any other local police department.
To look at all of the extra speed enforcement campaign stats, click here.
Seat belt safety
Encouraging seat belt use was also part of the two-week campaign. Officers issued a total of 1,543 seat belt citations, according to the release. That's compared to 2,101 citations during 2015 effort.
The same three State Patrol districts that gave out the most speeding citations also gave out the most for not wearing a seat belt. Golden Valley, Rochester and Oakdale State Patrol districts issued an average of 120 seat belt tickets in two weeks.
The Cold Spring Police Department – just east of St. Cloud – gave out 53 seat belt citations. That was more than any other local department by far. The Kasson Police Department in southern Minnesota was runner up, issuing 30.
"Buckling up, putting the distractions away, obeying speed limits, and designating a driver when drinking: These things save lives and are relatively simple to do," wrote the Department of Public Safety in a blog post.
In 2015, distracted driving deaths were up 21 percent and drunk driving deaths were up 8 percent compared to the year before, said DPS, noting that there is still a lot of road safety campaigning to be done.