ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nearly 17,500 motorists were ticketed in a recent 2-week speeding saturation, including one driver who was clocked doing 148 miles per hour (MPH).
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says 17,415 tickets were issued during the statewide speed enforcement campaign that ran from July 6 to 21.
Those numbers are preliminary, turned in by 328 law enforcement agencies who took part in the campaign.
During the enforcement action at least 12 motorists for traveling more than 100 mph. The highest reported speeds were:
- 148 mph-Minnesota State Patrol (Mankato District)
- 114 mph-Minnesota State Patrol (Marshall District)
- 111 mph-Minnesota State Patrol (West Metro District)
- 110 mph-Carver County Sheriff
- 105 mph-Minnesota State Patrol (Rochester District, Detroit Lakes District)
An average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is typically more than $120. Motorists stopped for driving 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.
"With traffic deaths surging in 2013, this enforcement campaign provided an opportunity to help create a safer driving environment on our roads by encouraging motorists to change their driving behaviors," says Donna Berger, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "If not corrected, those behaviors play a key role in a large number of serious and fatal crashes we see each year."
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