They’ll continue through July 21.

    Summertime sees an increase in temperatures, as well as an increase in speeding motorists. The Crookston and East Grand Forks Police Departments along with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are conducting increased speed patrols, July 6–21, as part of a statewide speed enforcement effort.

    The 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 2010–12, speed was a contributing factor in three fatalities and 34 severe injuries in Polk County and 254 traffic deaths and 689 severe injuries statewide.

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Consequences of Speeding

    The Polk County Wellness and Toward Zero Death coalitions cite these dangers of speeding:

    * Greater potential for loss of vehicle control* Increased stopping distance
    * Less time available for driver response for crash avoidance.
    * Increased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries.

    The Polk County Wellness and Toward Zero Death coalitions report that a motorist traveling at 65 miles per hour compared to 55 mph will save only 1 minute and 41 seconds on a 10 mile trip and twice as many speed-related fatal crashes occur on rural roads than major urban roads.

    Extra speed enforcement and education efforts are a part of the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) 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.