Minnesota’s Crackdown on Speeding Has Grown Intensely
We all know everyone does it, but some do it more dangerously than others. I’m talking about speeding and the dangers many Minnesotans have faced on our highways this year!
Earlier last week, we had an article come out about the potential of speeding cameras being set up. Curt St. John wrote on how “According to the Minnesota Legislature site, the proposed bill (H.F. 2295) would create a pilot program that would use automated enforcement systems (that'd be your traffic cameras) to crack down on those drivers who speed through construction zones, a program favored by several state agencies and legislators.”
At first while reading this I was getting more anxious because while I don’t drive 15 over the speed limit, I do the seemingly “okay” 5 over. But Curt then explained that Minnesota just didn’t have it in their budget to add these, and we probably won’t see the automated enforcement cameras for a couple of years.
However, as I was doing my daily research, I found an article from Kare 11 talking about the crackdown of speeders on Minnesota Highways. It was noted that “State troopers, officers and deputies from 300 agencies across the state wrote 18,983 citations for speeding between July 1-31” and I am in absolute shock!
What is even more alarming is that the article gave a couple stories from law enforcement with one about a “Cambridge Police [stopping] a 19-year-old nanny with kids in the car for driving 94 mph in a 65 mph zone. She stated she was trying to figure out the cruise control,” and then “troopers in the Golden Valley District pulled over a 16-year-old driving on a learners permit for going 110 mph.”
While not everyone is going 15 or 20 over the speed limit, Kare 11 made a point to add there are many reasons to stay at the speed limit, including that it "gives the driver more control, allows motorists more time to react to road situations, and decreases the severity of impact should a crash occur."