The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office along with Lakes Area Police Department, North Branch Police Department and Wyoming Police Department ticketed 61 motorists traveling at illegal and unsafe speeds during a stepped-up speed enforcement week, Nov. 5-9. The campaign was coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.
Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. During 2009-2011, speed was a contributing factor in three fatalities in Chisago County and 254 traffic deaths statewide.
In Chisago County, if a motorist is cited for traveling up to 10 mph over the speed limit, the fine is $120. Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face a $220 fine, and those ticketed for traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.
“When we increase our speeds behind the wheel, we increase our chances of crashing,” Chisago County Sheriff Duncan said. “This campaign was about educating motorists that speeding is a dangerous and potentially deadly habit.”
Chisago County law enforcement agencies are conducting “speed weeks” – extra speed enforcement and education efforts – through Sept. 30, 2013, as part of the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes – education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.