News Flash

Wright County News

Posted on: February 10, 2021

Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Excessive Speeding

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has announced that there will be increased enforcement of speeding on Minnesota highways over the next several weeks after 2020 data produced some startling results.

Preliminary data from 2020 showed that 120 motorists died in speed-related crashes – the most since 2008. The 397 traffic fatalities in 2020 was the highest number in five years and it was determined that speeding was the contributing factor in 30 percent of traffic fatalities and, through the first month of 2021, the pace of speed-related fatalities is keeping pace with the numbers from 2020.

Minnesota DPS has received initial funding of $1 million from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to pay for additional speed-centric enforcement with the Minnesota State Patrol, county sheriff’s offices and local police departments.

“We’re taking a multi-agency, concerted effort with law enforcement and traffic safety partners statewide because speeding is the one bad decision that makes every other driving mistake worse,” said Mike Hanson, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “Too often we see crashes from distracted or impaired driving where speed turns a minor crash into a fatal or life-changing event for those involved. We all need to drive smart by going the speed limit or driving to the conditions of the road, especially in the winter. If we all do our part, we can get home safely to our families at the end of the day.”

Part of the blame for the spike in speeding has been pointed to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the lockdown stages of COVID last spring, traffic was reduced on Minnesota highways considerably. Typically long commutes became much shorter due to lack of traffic and many drivers felt immune from the speed limit restrictions.

How pronounced was the change in excessive speeding? In 2019, there were 533 citations written for motorists driving more than 100 miles per hour. In 2020, there were 1,068 tickets written for driving 100 mph or more with a top speed recorded of 153 mph.

To see the DPS release and data related to age of drivers topping 100 mph, click here: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Statewide-extra-speed-enforcement.aspx

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Wright County News

Roadside Spraying

Posted on: April 22, 2021

DNR Has Interactive Bird Song Page

Posted on: April 21, 2021

Appointments Open at License Center

Posted on: April 2, 2021

First Half Property Taxes Due May 17

Posted on: April 1, 2021

I-94 Construction Ramping Up

Posted on: March 29, 2021

HHS Announces New Call Center

Posted on: March 26, 2021

First Half Property Taxes Due May 17

Posted on: March 24, 2021

Virtual Tour of Justice Center

Posted on: March 10, 2021

Fish Houses Must Be Off Lakes By Monday

Posted on: February 24, 2021

Two 4-H Summer Internships Available

Posted on: February 17, 2021

Members of Solar Farm Work Group Named

Posted on: February 16, 2021

I-35W Bridge to Glow Purple Tonight

Posted on: February 16, 2021

View Today's Press Conference

Posted on: February 11, 2021

Sheriff's Office Statement on Shooting

Posted on: February 9, 2021

County Offices Closed Monday, Jan. 18

Posted on: January 15, 2021

Public Health Releases COVID-19 Dashboard

Posted on: December 31, 2020

DNR Warning Residents About Thin Ice

Posted on: December 18, 2020

MEADA Receives $125,000 Federal Grant

Posted on: December 10, 2020

Public Health Releases COVID-19 Dashboard

Posted on: November 30, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

Posted on: November 30, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

Posted on: November 16, 2020

Santa Coming to Bertram Park Dec. 5

Posted on: November 5, 2020

View the Ballot You Will Be Filling Out

Posted on: October 21, 2020

Buckthorn a Problem in Woodland Areas

Posted on: October 13, 2020

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day

Posted on: September 18, 2020

Absentee Voting In Person Starts Friday

Posted on: September 14, 2020

CSAH 30 Project Nearing Completion

Posted on: September 8, 2020

Road Work on Hwy. 25 Starting Sept. 8

Posted on: September 3, 2020

Sirens to Sound at 1 P.M. Today, But Why?

Posted on: September 2, 2020

Road Closure in Monticello Tuesday

Posted on: August 24, 2020

Why Are Flags at Half-Mast Today?

Posted on: August 19, 2020

Where Is My Polling Place Location?

Posted on: August 10, 2020