Experts have linked speeding with an increased likelihood of a fatal car accident. Looking at data from the state, it seems the numbers do not lie.
The Office of Traffic Safety reported some concerning figures about speeding and accidents in 2020 that show the problem is growing in the state.
Speeding became a big issue in Minnesota in 2020. Officers handed out about twice as many speeding tickets for violations of exceeding 100 miles per hour as they did in 2019. The numbers were 533 for 2019 and 1,068 for 2020. That excessive level of speed is seriously concerning because it increases the chances of the driver losing control, requires longer stopping distances, reduces reaction time and makes any crash situation more severe.
The proof is in the numbers, too. In 2020, 120 people died due to crashes where speed was a factor, which was the highest since 2008.
One of the factors that can enhance a situation is when a speeding driver is acting aggressively. With many people who drive at excessive speeds, aggression is an issue that comes into play, making them some of the most dangerous drivers on the road. Your best bet if confronted with one of these people is to move out of their way and let them continue down the road. You can also alert authorities so an officer can stop the vehicle and get them off the road before they hurt someone.
The amount of drivers who are ignoring speed limits is growing in Minnesota, making the roads more dangerous. Keep an eye out for those drivers who are aggressively speeding and avoid them to help reduce your chances of getting involved in an accident they may create.