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July 6, 2018

Never Drive Faster Than Your Guardian Angel Can Fly: Extra enforcement on Minnesota Roads July 6 – 22

Mankato, Minn. — Summer months provide beautiful weather in Minnesota, but dry roads also allow for drivers to get complacent with speeding. In 2017, speed was the number one contributing factor in single-vehicle crashes at 22 percent. Extra speed enforcement and education activities begin today and run through July 22. 

Speed Kills
During the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day – Labor Day) in 2017:

  • Preliminary numbers show speed played a role in 23 fatalities.
  • In the past five years, 2013-2017, 108 people lost their lives in speed-related crashes.

“Even one life lost to speeding is one too many,” said Captain Jeremy Geiger, Minnesota State Patrol. “That’s why the local TZD Safe Roads coalitions are joining other state and local law enforcement and highway safety leaders  across Minnesota to remind drivers to never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.”

Reduce Speed to Reduce Danger
There is no grace zone for speed. The posted speed limit is the maximum speed drivers should be going. Speeding will not get you where you want to go significantly faster and can put you and others at great risk.

Any time drivers speed, they are putting themselves, their passengers, and other drivers and pedestrians at risk. Speeding greatly reduces the driver’s ability to slow a vehicle when necessary or to steer safely around an unexpected curve, another vehicle or hazardous object in the roadway. . Driving above the posted speed limit or speeding in bad weather conditions dramatically increases the probability that a motorist will be involved in a crash.

“Our goal is to save lives,” said Mark Griffith, executive director, South Central Minnesota EMS Regional System. “Drivers need to remember that there is a reason posted speed limits exist. The roadways can be a dangerous place and the speed limits are designed to protect everyone – drivers, passengers, pedestrians – everyone! The next time you get behind the wheel, please remember to never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly and stop speeding before it stops you.”

Toward Zero Deaths
The South Central and Southwest Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths program brings area law enforcement, public health educators, engineers and emergency medical and trauma services together to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and severe injuries to zero in south central and southwest Minnesota. The 25-county area encompasses:  Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Nobles, Rock, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine counties. 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.