If you’re driving into Minnesota in the next week, you’ll want to watch your speed.
Now through May 19, the Minnesota State Patrol Division will have extra patrols out looking for drivers with lead feet. On May 18 specifically, southern and southeastern Minnesota can expect to see more state patrol and local agency vehicles on the road, and if you’re speeding or driving aggressively, they will be ready to pull you over and cite you.
The anti-speeding campaign is an effort to cut down on the dangerous driving trends the state has seen so far in 2021. As of May 12th, there have been 129 deaths on Minnesota roads with 56 involving speeding. During the same period last year, there were 94 traffic-related fatalities of which 26 were attributed to drivers’ speeding. This year’s early death total thus far is the highest the state has seen since 2008.
Officials hope to get drivers to change their speeding habits before Minnesota enters what’s referred to as the “100 Deadliest Days.” That’s the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when traffic crashes spike during summer travel.