Fewer traffic on the roads through the coronavirus pandemic has some drivers dealing with “the roadway like it is a raceway” — with lethal success, officers with the Minnesota Department of Community Safety reported Monday.



John Harrington wearing a suit and tie: Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, extra enforcement aimed at speeding drivers. (Courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety)


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Minnesota Public Security Commissioner John Harrington announced on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, further enforcement aimed at rushing drivers. (Courtesy of the Minnesota Office of Public Security)

In 2020, Minnesota noticed the most fatalities related to rushing drivers in a dozen several years. Minnesota Condition Patrol troopers also issued double the amount of citations last calendar year for drivers traveling additional than 100 mph.

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Multiple condition and nearby agencies are ramping up an enforcement and velocity-reduction education and learning campaign, employing $1 million in initial funding from the Countrywide Highway Targeted traffic Protection Administration, officers announced Monday.

With a continue to be-at-household order in impact final spring, site visitors volumes dropped 70 per cent in some cases and “we noticed speeds go off of the charts,” claimed Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. “… We are even now seeing that currently, even though targeted traffic volumes are only down 5 to 10 percent statewide.”

A lot less congested streets has meant “more lane space for motorists to use and, pretty actually, to abuse,” mentioned Mike Hanson, Workplace of Targeted traffic Security director, adding that they’ve observed additional “risk-getting actions guiding the wheel,” such as speeding and not carrying seatbelts.

Hanson also stated he thinks there is “a considerable misperception out there that mainly because of COVID and some other worries that law enforcement is not actively functioning site visitors any more,” but he additional: “Nothing could be additional from the reality.”

Far more Fatalities, A lot more TICKETS

Preliminary reviews exhibit 120 motorists died in speed-related crashes on streets throughout Minnesota in 2020, the most considering the fact that 2008 when 125 men and women ended up killed in this sort of crashes.

Troopers “are viewing a great raise in the quantity of drivers traveling at absurd speeds,” said Col. Matt Langer, State Patrol chief.

They wrote 1,068 citations to drivers past year who have been dashing at much more than 100 mph there ended up 533 citations for similar significant speeds in 2019. The top rated pace was 153 mph for a citation penned in October.

A human being in Detroit Lakes who was cited for driving 122 mph reported staying late to decide on up friends.

“The excuses do not lower it … and we’re below to do some thing about it,” Langer explained.

At the commence of this year, Langer explained the Point out Patrol “doubled down on our endeavours to beat the harmful speeds that we see on our streets throughout the entire point out,” and now police and sheriff’s offices throughout the condition will be joining in.

Community Basic safety Commissioner John Harrington urged men and women to consider about the dad driving future them, the mother they are around on a two-lane road and the teen they’re passing.

“I want you to consider about your cherished kinds, your lifestyle and how all of that can disappear with … just one particular egocentric selection to pace,” he mentioned. “If those people people aren’t plenty of for you to slow down … think about how a hefty dashing ticket, better insurance coverage costs, getting rid of your driver’s license will influence your existence.”

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