State Patrol Clocks Driver Going 130 MPH In Brooklyn Center
It’s been a deadly year on Minnesota roads. More traffic fatalities have occurred this year than we’ve seen in more than a decade. Officials say speeding is a significant factor.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said when traffic was reduced during the pandemic, the agency knew it would see a reduction in fatal crashes. However, it’s been the opposite this year.
“When you look at 443 deaths, on roadways, 143 are from speeding alone. It’s a problem,” said Lt. Gordon Shank of the Minnesota State Patrol.
State Patrol: Too Many People Driving Over 100 MPH
Lt. Shank says Minnesota State Patrol troopers are issuing tickets to an increasingly higher number of drivers going more than 100 miles per hour.
“Over 100 mph is dangerous. It’s dangerous no matter what climate you’re in, what condition you’re in, what roadway you’re on,” said Shank.
A driver was recently caught going 130 miles per hour off Interstate 94 in Brooklyn Center. The speed limit in the area is 60 miles per hour.
In July, A Maple Grove officer clocked a driver going 105 miles per hour on Highway 610 near Elm Creek Boulevard. That’s 40 miles per hour over the speed limit.
There are ramifications for excessive speeding: fines double when speeds exceed 20 mph over the limit. For motorists who surpass 100 mph, their driver’s license could be suspended for six months.
“It’s not acceptable, not safe, not best practices for driving on these roads,” said Lt. Shank.