Extra speed patrols through July 27

Published 9:24am Thursday, July 10, 2014 Updated 11:26am Thursday, July 10, 2014

Drive at safe speeds and you won’t find flashing lights in your rear-view mirror.

Fergus Falls police are conducting increased speed patrols July 10-27 as part of a statewide speed enforcement effort. The campaign aims to combat a leading factor in deadly traffic crashes. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety is coordinating the enforcement and education effort.

Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. During 2010-12, speed was a contributing factor in nine fatalities in Otter Tail County and 235 traffic deaths statewide.

In Otter Tail County, an average speeding citation for going 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.

Dangers of speeding include greater potential for loss of vehicle control, increased stopping distance, less time available for driver response for crash avoidance and increased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries.

The Fergus Falls Police Department and Otter Tail County Sheriff’s office advise drivers to stay safe, buckle up and be aware of speed. The agencies are working extra speed enforcement and education efforts part of the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative. The 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.

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