• Minnesotans are once again hitting the road for summer vacations, and while many Minnesotans are driving smart, some have fallen into poor driving habits.
  • Speed is driving traffic fatalities to numbers the state hasn’t seen in a decade.
  • The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) is coordinating extra speed patrols during the month of July. The extra patrols and outreach effort is also part of the NHTSA Region 5 Great Lakes, High Stakes traffic safety initiative taking place during the summer of 2021.

Speed: Driving up Traffic Fatalities

  • Preliminary reports show 198 people have died on Minnesota roads so far in 2021 with 75 speed-related deaths. That’s 38 percent of all traffic fatalities.
  • The 75 speed-related fatalities through June 30 compares with:
    • 49 in 2020
    • 29 in 2019
    • 54 in 2018
    • 42 in 2017
  • The Minnesota State Patrol cited 38,819 motorists for speeding through June 10 of this year with 550 tickets written for speeds of 100 mph or more.

If you Speed, Expect to be Stopped

Recent stops include:

  • A trooper in the State Patrol’s Mankato district stopped a motorist driving 107 mph in a 65 mph zone on Highway 169.