Summertime sees an increase in temperatures, as well as an increase in speeding motorists. The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office along with the Upper Sioux Police, Granite Falls Police, and Echo Police Departments' are conducting increased speed patrols, July 6–21, as part of a statewide speed enforcement effort. Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. The campaign aims to combat that leading factor in deadly traffic crashes.
A motorist traveling at 65 miles per hour compared to 55 mph will save only 1 minute and 41 seconds on a 10 mile trip. A 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.
Along with speed also beware of aggressive drivers and motorcyclists out on the roadways
Are You an Aggressive Driver?
Aggressive driving traits such as tailgating, unsafe passing, running lights and weaving in and out of traffic are another 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.
Three Seconds Is the Safe Following Distance
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.
Look Twice for Motorcyclists
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. Law enforcement stresses for motorists to look twice for riders — especially at intersections — because motorcycles are smaller, their speeds and distance can be harder to gauge.
Extra speed enforcement and education efforts are a part of the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative. 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.