Feb 9, 2021 - News
Minnesota state troopers tell drivers to slow down after 100% surge in citations
Data: MN Department of Public Safety; Chart: Axios Visuals

The State Patrol is pledging to crack down on speeders after a dangerous and deadly year on Minnesota roadways.

By the numbers: Troopers wrote 1,068 citations to drivers for going more than 100 mph in 2020 — a 100% increase from 2019.

  • 120 people died in speed-related crashes, the most since 2008.

Driving the trend: Citations spiked after the stay-at-home order took effect in March.

  • "There's less congestion, there's more open road," State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said.

Be smart: Don't be like the Detroit Lakes driver who Langer said told officers he had to drive 122 mph ... because he was late to pick up his friends.

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