Law enforcement increasing patrols.

    Minnesota State troopers, Polk County deputies, Crookston and East Grand Forks Police officers have heard every excuse from motorists for speeding, but now motorists should hear this: There will be enhanced speed enforcement patrols March 18-22. 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 contributing factor in fatal crashes. During 2009–2011, speed was a contributing factor in three fatalities in Polk County and 254 traffic deaths statewide.

    In Polk County an average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is $125.  Motorists stopped at 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.