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Officers to focus on speeders during July

Seventy-eight people.
That’s more than an entire regular season NFL roster, more people than can fill up a passenger bus, and roughly the size of three elementary school classes.
Losing these people to tragedy would make headlines. In reality, speed played a role in crashes that killed that many people on Minnesota roads in 2015.
To keep motorists safe this summer, The Glencoe Police Department, Brownton Police Department, Winsted Police Department, McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, and Minnesota State Patrol are conducting increased patrols July 8-22 as part of a statewide extra speed enforcement effort. The enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.  
“How many times have you driven in a neighborhood, only to slam on your brakes for a child running out to chase a ball?” said Officer Andrew Fiebelkorn of the Glencoe Police Department. “Now what if you were going 10 miles over the limit and that extra speed kept you from stopping in time? Speeding is not worth it! Go the speed limit — it could prevent a tragedy.”
Speed kills
Speed is a leading factor in crashes, contributing to one out of every five fatalities on Minnesota roads.
The summer months are especially troublesome with an average of 23 speed-related deaths a year during the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day through Labor Day) on Minnesota roads.
While there is cause for concern, drivers seem to be getting the message that speed kills. Speed-related fatal crashes have decreased by 48 percent in the last 10 years.
More than twice as many speed-related fatal crashes occur on rural roads than major urban roads.

For more, see the July 6 print edition of The Chronicle.