Stepped-Up Law Enforcement Nets 27,000 Speeders in July

By KBJR News 1

August 12, 2010 Updated Aug 12, 2010 at 1:52 AM CDT

DULUTH, MINN. --- Summer time is the deadliest time on Minnesota roads, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Nathan Bowie keeps tabs on the department's records, and serves as a link to the public.

"It's a time when many motorists think blue skies and clear weather make it safe to speed," says Bowie.

"But the faster you drive, the harder you crash."

To combat Minnesota's legions of lead foot bandits, Law Enforcement Officers are taking extra pay, working extra shifts, and stopping speeders by the thousands.

27,638 to be exact, for the month of July.

Trooper Dave Vereecken is one of those officers. The ten-year veteran is on special patrol just outside of Duluth.

When not on the scene of a construction-zone related crash, he writes up to 20 tickets a day for speeders in Duluth's I–35 construction zone.

The provisional limit inside the rougly 20 mile speed enforcement zone: 45 M.P.H.

"In the beginning [ of the project], we'd catch them doing 30 plus over the speed limit," Vereecken said.

However with the "mega-project" well into its tenth week, Vereekcken says motorists are getting the message.

" The slower the speed, the safer they are," he says.

But that's the experience of just one State Trooper.

Click on the link above to the rest of the story, including shocking speed statistics for the entire state of Minnesota.

Posted by Matt Standal