Carver County Sheriff’s Office deputies ticketed 174 motorists traveling at illegal and unsafe speeds during stepped-up speed enforcement July 10-27. The campaign was coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.
Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. From 2011-13, speed was a contributing factor in two fatalities in Carver County and 235 traffic deaths statewide.
In Carver County, an average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is $145. Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face double the fine, and those ticketed traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.
“When we increase our speeds behind the wheel, we increase our chances of crashing,” said Sheriff Jim Olson. “This campaign was about educating motorists that speeding is a dangerous and potentially deadly habit.”
Consequences of Speeding
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office cites these dangers of speeding:
• Greater potential for loss of vehicle control.
• Increased stopping distance.
• Less time available for driver response for crash avoidance.
• Increased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries.
Extra speed enforcement and education efforts are part of the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative.
A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes – education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.