Minnesota Department of Public Safety Kicks off Summer Speed Enforcement Campaign
JT Thaden | Jun 18, 2019 AT 9:35 am
(KNSI) - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is kicking off their summer speed enforcement campaign Tuesday.
Officials say in 2018, 113 people lost their lives in speed related crashes. That's the most since 2008, when 125 people died due to excess speed. 30 of those fatalities happened between Memorial Day and Labor Day, leading public safety officials to label this time of year the 100 Deadliest Days.
Officials say higher speeds leads to:
Greater potential for loss of vehicle control.
Increased stopping distance.
Less time for driver response for crash avoidance.
Increased crash severity leading to more severe injuries and death.
A speeding ticket cost varies county by county, but typically, the minimum fine is $110 with court fees for going 10 miles over the speed limit. That amount doubles for going 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. If you're caught going over 100 miles an hour, you could lose your license for six months.
The Minnesota State Patrol and 300 other law enforcement agencies around the state will be taking part in the speed limit enforcement campaign.