Slow Down in Anoka County This Week

If you’re driving through Anoka County this week, you may want to keep an eye on your speedometer.

Anoka County law enforcement officials have announced that they are increasing speed patrols March 18-22 as part of a special “speed week”.

In a continued effort to keep people safe on the road, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety is working with law enforcement officials to determine which roads are the most dangerous in Anoka County.  According to Anoka County Towards Zero Deaths spokesperson Sgt. Jeff Warner, unsafe and illegal speed are the most common contributing factors in fatal crashes.

“Traveling at unsafe speeds only speeds up your chances of crashing violently,” Warner said.

During a three-year period from 2009-2011 there were 254 fatal traffic accidents in Minnesota, and nine occurred in Anoka County.  Warner said the posted speed limits on the roads are there for a reason.

“Be patient behind the wheel and follow the posted speed as it reflects the safe speed for a road’s design.”

Consequences of Violation

According got police data, motorists can face some stiff penalties for driving too fast in Anoka County.  Data records show:

  • The average speeding ticket citation in Anoka County for traveling 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is $125.
  • Motorists who are cited for traveling at over 20 miles per hour over the posted limit face fines of roughly $250.
  • People stopped for traveling over 100 miles per hour can have their license revoked for six months.

Increased Danger

When discussing the “speed week” initiative, Sgt. Warner highlighted the risks associated with illegal speeds.  Some of the consequences he mentioned include:

  • Higher likelihood to lose control of the vehicle.
  • A greater stopping distance is needed to come to a complete stop when driving at a faster speed.
  • Crash severity is increased when drivers are traveling at greater speeds.
  • Less time to react for crash avoidance.

Warner asked the public to be patient when driving on Minnesota roads.  He said most people think speeding will get them somewhere much quicker, even though that doesn’t mean they’ll save a lot of time.  He noted at a person traveling at 65 miles per hours compared to 55 miles per hour will only save one minute and 41 seconds on a 10 mile trip.

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Avery Appelman

Avery Appelman is a criminal defense lawyer and the founder of Appelman Law Firm. While his practice is primarily recognized for its work with DWI and related offenses, he has 16 years of experience working with clients on drug, assault, theft, traffic, criminal sexual conduct, and prostitution charges.

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