ALBERT LEA, MN - We’re in the full swing of summer and if you plan on doing some driving, police say, you still need to watch your speed.
As part of a statewide speed enforcement effort, officers with the Albert Lea Police Department and Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office are heading a campaign to combat the leading cause in deadly traffic crashes.
They say once temperatures rise, speeding increases as well, something they look to put an end to with an increase in patrols.
“Right now we’ve heading into the speed wave for safe and sober where we’ll be having extra patrols on for monitoring speeding. That will be their target. They’ll be setting up in certain areas where we have accidents or a lot of incidents and watching for speeders,” said Officer Dwaine Winkels, Director of Public Safety with Albert Lea Police.
The enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office who say that unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in single vehicle crashes.
“The Safe and Sober Program has been in existence for a while now and we’ve participated. What studies have shown is that when the state advertisers and puts the word out that law enforcement is going to be actively enforcing the laws, traffic has a tendency to slow down and we get fewer accidents. It appears to work,” said Winkels.
He also says that they will be focusing on motorcycle safety awareness as part of the program.
They hope by getting the message out, that drivers will be more aware of their surroundings.
In Freeborn County, an average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is $125.00. 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.