Slow down for ‘Speed Week’If you need a reminder that the roadway isn’t a race course, be on the lookout for the Minnesota State Patrol this week.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
If you need a reminder that the roadway isn’t a race course, be on the lookout for the Minnesota State Patrol this week.
The agency is using added patrols and shifting its attention to speeders the week of June 17-23 in an effort to crack down on unsafe driving. It’s an initiative known as “speed week.”
“Speeding is a form of aggressive driving, which we really need to try and eliminate in our driving culture, and it is what the enforcement during our speed weeks is all about,” Lt. Jason Hanson of the Duluth District said in a news release. “We want motorists to arrive at their destinations safely and without incident, but we need everyone to work
The State Patrol also held a speed week in March, and a two-week statewide campaign is planned for July. During the week, in addition to added highway patrols, some regular patrols will be focusing on speeders.
The ongoing initiative is part of the Minnesota “Toward Zero Deaths” program, a partnership of three state departments: public safety, health and transportation. TZD, which focuses on education, enforcement, engineering and emergency response, was highlighted in a June 2 Budgeteer story.
Unsafe and illegal speeds are the most common contributing factors in fatal crashes, according to the State Patrol.
Speeding is often part of a more serious problem, according to the State Patrol. Distracted driving can also include actions such as tailgating, honking, making hand gestures, unsafe passing, running lights and weaving in and out of traffic.
The State Patrol offers these tips for motorists to deal with aggressive drivers:
• Stay calm and get out of their way.
• Do not challenge them, and avoid eye contact.
• Ignore gestures and don’t return them.
• Be buckled up. A seat belt is important to maintain proper seating position in the case of abrupt driving maneuvers.
• Motorists may also report aggressive driving and should be prepared to provide vehicle description,
license number and location.