Drive at safe speeds and you won’t find flashing lights in your rear-view mirror. The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office along with the Lakes Area Police Department, North Branch Police Department and Wyoming Police Department are conducting increased speed patrols April 5 to 14 to combat traffic crashes that can result in fatalities. The special “speed week” enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.
Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributed factor in fatal crashes. During 2009-2011, speed was a contributing factor in three fatalities in Chisago County and 254 traffic deaths statewide.
“As drivers, we can’t put our schedules ahead of other motorists’ safety,” Sheriff Rick Duncan said. “Running late or being in a hurry are not excuses to speed and put other drivers at risk.”
Some of the dangers of speeding are greater potential for loss of vehicle control, less time available for driver response for crash avoidance and increased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries.
“Please drive safely and remember that traveling at unsafe speeds only speeds up your chances of crashing violently,” Duncan said.