Minnesota law enforcement to increase patrols following high amount of speed related crashes

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ST. PAUL, MN — Authorities are looking to crack down on speeding in Minnesota after they say was a deadly year on state roads.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, preliminary reports show 113 motorists died on Minnesota roads last year in speed-related crashes, the most in a decade.

Authorities say speed speed was a contributing factor in 23 percent of single-vehicle crashes

To help put the brakes on speed-related deaths, officers, deputies and troopers will work overtime shifts starting June 18 through July 21.

During the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day-Labor Day) in 2018, authorities say preliminary numbers show speed played a role in 30 fatalities.

Cost of a speeding violation will vary by county, but it will typically cost a driver more than $110 with court fees for traveling 10 mph over the limit.

Fines double for those traveling 20 mph over the limit, and you can lose your license for six months for going 100 mph or more.

Higher speeds can also cause drivers to potentially lose control of a vehicle, and they have less time to respond.

If confronted by an aggressive driver, authorities say you should disengage, stay calm and move out of their way.

In addition, authorities say summer riding season is deadly for motorcyclists, with speed being a leading factor in Minnesota single-vehicle motorcycle crashes.

Preliminary numbers show 11 motorcyclists have died on Minnesota roads this year, compared with 14 at this time last year.

Out of the 11 motorcycle deaths in 2019, three riders were wearing helmets.

Authorities say in order to steer clear of this, wear protective gear, and be aware of other cars around you, and to also stay away from drinking and driving.

On average, authorities say 471 drivers will be arrested for a DWI, and eight motorists will be seriously injured in an alcohol-related crash.

Intern Emily Colford

Intern Emily Colford

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