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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • ATTENTION LEADFOOTS — ACCELERATED SPEED PATROLS IN JULY

  • The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Upper Sioux Police Department, Granite Falls Police Department, Clarkfield/Boyd PD and Echo PD have all heard every excuse from motorists for speeding, but now motorists should hear this: There will be enhanced speed enforcement patrols in July as part of a statewide ...
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  • The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Upper Sioux Police Department, Granite Falls Police Department, Clarkfield/Boyd PD and Echo PD have all heard every excuse from motorists for speeding, but now motorists should hear this: There will be enhanced speed enforcement patrols in July as part of a statewide campaign 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.
    As drivers, we can’t put our schedules ahead of other motorists’ safety. Running late or being in a hurry are not excuses to speed and put other drivers at risk. Traveling at 65 miles per hour compared to 55 mph will save only 1 minute and 41 seconds on a 10 mile trip. In Yellow Medicine County an average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is $125. 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.
    Speeding can lead to greater potential for loss of vehicle control, increased stopping distance, less time available for driver response for crash avoidance, and increased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries.  
    Aggressive driving will also be targeted — such as tailgating, unsafe passing, and weaving in and out of traffic — is also a safety concern. Motorists confronted by aggressive drivers should: Get out of their way, stay calm, do not challenge them and avoid eye contact. Motorists may also report aggressive driving and should be prepared to provide vehicle description, license number and location.
    Another safety concern in July is the record-high number of motorcyclists on the road. A major factor in rider deaths are unsafe speeds — more than half of all motorcycle crashes are single-vehicle events in which the rider loses control of the bike and runs off the road or crashes. All drivers also need to look twice for riders especially at intersections because motorcycles are smaller, their speeds and distance can be harder to gauge.
    The speed enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. The campaign is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Death program (TZD). 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.
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