Law enforcement to crack down on speeding drivers in county

Anoka County law enforcement agencies are conducting increased speed patrols this week, March 18-22.

The special “speed week” enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly contributing factor in fatal crashes, according to Sgt. Jeff Warner, Anoka County TZD (Toward Zero Deaths) spokesperson.

During 2009-2011, speed was a contributing factor in nine fatalities in Anoka County and 254 deaths statewide, Warner said.

In Anoka County, an average speeding citation for 10 mph over the speed limit is $125.

Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face double the fine and those ticketed traveling at more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.

“Traveling at unsafe speeds only speeds up your chances of crashing violently,” Warner said.

“Be patient behind the wheel and follow the posted speed as it reflects the safe speed for a road’s design.”

Warner outlined the consequences 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.

According to Warner, a motorist traveling at 65 mph compared with 55 mph will save only one minute and 41 seconds on a 10-mile trip.

Law enforcement agencies in Anoka County will be conducting “speed weeks” through Sept. 30 as part of the statewide TZD traffic safety initiative.

A primary goal 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 four areas to reduce crashes – education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.

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