MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Safety says 16,410 motorists have to deal with a speeding citation after July’s speed enforcement campaign.
Authorities say some of the dangerous driving incidents include two motorcyclists clocked going 135 mph in a 55 in Olmsted County, a motorist stopped for drunken driving and speeding 100 mph in Dakota County and a driver traveling 100 mpg with a child in the back seat not properly restrained. Drug paraphernalia was also found in the vehicle of the latter incident.
More than 300 Minnesota law enforcement agencies participated in the campaign, which occurred from July 10 to July 26.
“Thrill seekers and those just in a hurry to get to their destination need to realize they are not only putting their lives at risk but endangering everyone on the road,” Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director, said. “Getting to your destination safely is much more important than the few minutes you may save while putting others in harm’s way.”
Despite the large amount of citations in 2015, 2014 recorded more. In 2014, there were 519 more speeding citations: 16,929.
There were also less seat belt citations in 2015: 2,101 compared with 2,315 in 2014.