The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) is announcing an extra speed enforcement and awareness campaign, in collaboration with the Minnesota departments of Health and Transportation. The three state agencies are the anchoring partners of the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) coalition that works to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on Minnesota roads.
DPS-OTS is coordinating the statewide campaign, which includes initial funding of $1 million from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
State officials warn the speeding crisis that claimed the most lives last year in speed-related crashes since 2008 must stop, now, to prevent further carnage. Speed was a primary contributor in the jump from 364 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2019 to the preliminary figure of 397 in 2020. Last year was also the deadliest year on Minnesota roads since 2015 when 411 people died.
Minnesotans are being asked to drive smart and slow down. During the statewide campaign, drivers who continue to treat the roadway like a raceway can expect to be stopped. No excuses. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Motorists can face serious penalties and lose driving privileges for choices that destroy lives, including losing their license for six months for speeding 100 mph or more.