City of Red Wing

Added Speed Patrols for July

Monday, July 15 2013 12:00 AM

The posted speed is the speed limit, and Red Wing Police Department, along with AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT, are emphasizing the need to drive at safe speeds through accelerated speed patrols, July 6–21. 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 2010–2012, speed was a contributing factor in 3 fatalities in Goodhue County and 395 traffic deaths statewide. Find fact sheets here: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/reports-statistics/Pages/Fact-sheets.aspx

In Red Wing, 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.

Consequences of Speeding

Red Wing Police Department cites 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

Red Wing Police Department reports 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.

Are You an Aggressive Driver?

Aggressive driving traits — such as tailgating, unsafe passing, running lights and weaving in and out of traffic — are another safety concern of Red Wing Police Department. Police Chief Roger Pohlman says motorists confronted by aggressive drivers should: Get out of their way, stay calm, do not challenge them and avoid eye contact. Motorists may also report aggressive driving and should be prepared to provide vehicle description, license number and location.

Three Seconds Is the Safe Following Distance

Motorists should keep a three-second following distance to allow for safe stopping and reaction to other vehicles. It takes more than the length of a football field to stop when traveling at 60 miles per hour.

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

 

 

 

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