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Enforcement Campaign Catches 17,415 Motorists Speeding


ST. PAUL, Minn. (WXOW) - Law enforcement cited 17, 415 motorists for driving over the speed limit during a statewide speed enforcement campaign.

Throughout the two-week campaign from July 6-21, reporting agencies cited at least 12 motorists for traveling more than 100 mph. The highest speeds recorded were as follows:

148 mph (Mankato District), 114 mph (Marshall District), 111 mph (West Metro District), 110 mph Carver County Sheriff, 105 mph (Rochester District, Detroit Lakes District).

Illegal speeds are the leading crash death factor, accounting for around 80 traffic deaths annually and 243 deaths in the last three years.

Director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety Donna Berger says, "With traffic deaths surging in 2013, this enforcement campaign provided an opportunity to help create a safer driving environment on our roads by encouraging motorists to change their driving behaviors."

As a rule, motorists should keep a three-second following distance to allow for safe stopping and reaction to other vehicles. It takes more than the length of a football field to stop when traveling at 60 miles per hour.



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