Police focus on speed enforcement [UPDATED]

Published 4:14am Monday, November 4, 2013 Updated 6:16am Monday, November 4, 2013

The Fergus Falls Police Department will conduct extra speed enforcement this week.

Police will target speeders from Monday, Nov. 4 through Friday, Nov. 8, according to a news release.

The posted speed is the speed limit. Fergus Falls officers will emphasize the need to drive at safe speeds through enhanced speed patrols.

This enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and Office of Traffic Safety.

Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor to traffic crashes. In Otter Tail County, an

average speeding citation for going 10 mph over the posted speed limit is $130.

A motorist stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit can face double the fine and those ticketed traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.

Besides going on your driving record, a citation could result in a suspended license and/or causing insurance rate increases.

Running late or being in a hurry are not excuses to speed and put other drivers at risk. Traveling at unsafe speeds only increases your chances to crash.

Motorists are reminded to be patient behind the wheel and follow the posted speed as it reflects the safe speed for a road’s design.

Extra speed enforcement and education efforts are part of a Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative.

The primary goal of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota.

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