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Highest Amount of Speed-related Deaths on Olmsted County Roads Has Authorities Taking Steps

June 18, 2019 05:41 PM

(ABC 6 News) - In 2018, 113 people died in speed-related crashes on Minnesota roads. That's the most since 2008 when there were 125, according to a preliminary report from the Olmsted County Sheriff’s office. There will now be more deputies out and about on roads for extra speed enforcement starting June 18 and going through July 21.

Sgt. Troy Christianson with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety explained, "We picked those dates as that's when we start to see an increase in fatal crashes and injury crashes, so we're going to target those days specifically to try and reduce deaths on our roadways."

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The sheriff's office also said in there was a 24 percent increase in speed-related serious injury crashes in the last five year period.


Jessica Schleck, Southeast MN Regional Coordinator for Toward Zero Deaths, says, "We do review every serious and fatal injury crash that occurs in southeast Minnesota. We're looking for trends: is there something in the roadway that we can re-engineer? Is there a population that we should be targeting as far as education?"

"We're just going to have additional troopers, officers and deputies on roadways specifically looking for the speeding violation. They're going to be in high traffic volume areas and where we get complaints." Christianson said.

Schleck also explained, "You will see more law enforcement out. It is a high visibility enforcement campaign, so you will see more officers out on the roads."

Authorities want to stress that motorists obey the speed limits and don't drive aggressively this time of year.

"We want to make sure everyone is Minnesota nice on the roadways by reducing speeds, especially in our construction zones." Said Christianson.
 

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