The posted speed is the speed limit — and troopers, deputies and city officers are emphasizing the need to drive at safe speeds through accelerated speed patrols Nov. 4-8. This enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.
Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. During 2010-12, speed was a contributing factor in at least 243 traffic deaths statewide, resulting in an economic impact of at least $333 million.
Find fact sheets here: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/reports-statistics/Pages/Fact-sheets.aspx.
In Minnesota, an average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is $130. 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.
Extra speed enforcement and education efforts are a part of Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative.
If you have any questions for future columns concerning motor vehicle traffic in Minnesota, send your questions to: Sgt. Curt S. Mowers MN State Patrol P.O. Box 644 Brainerd MN 56401. E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Ask a Trooper” in the subject line. Questions are edited.