Written by attorney Matthew Thomas Martin

Minnesota is Speeding to Driver’s License Revocations

Traffic Violations in Minnesota are increasing. We all know that Minnesota law enforcement agencies sweep our roads for speeders. However, what you may not know is that, if you speed, you currently run a greater risk of violating a traffic law in Minnesota then you did in prior years. Why the extra attention from law enforcement regarding traffic violations? The Minnesota Department of Public Safety estimates that 130 deaths per year are attributable to speeding on our Minnesota roads. As such, law enforcement agencies in Minnesota have begun cracking down on speeders. Nearly 28,000 speeding tickets were issued to Minnesota drivers last month! More than 200 of those traffic violations were for driving between 90-100 miles per hour. More importantly, an estimated 25 traffic violations were issued last month for driving in excess of 100 miles per hour. The highlights include, a driver stopped in Wadena County, Minnesota for allegedly travelling 178 miles per hour and another driver stopped in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota for travelling 128 miles per hour. What if I get stopped for speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour? Under Minnesota Statute 169.14, subd.1a, a licensed Minnesota driver may loose his or her driving privileges for six months or more as a result of the traffic violation. If you have a heavy foot, then it is important for you to understand the potential consequences and risks associated with your conduct. Remember that even minor traffic violations can lead to consequences unforeseen. For instance, revocation of your driving privileges can potentially put your employment status at risk. Speeding is also a common basis for Minnesota law enforcement agencies to effectuate a stop of your vehicle for suspicion of driving under the influence (DWI / DUI) of alcohol and or a controlled substance. Plus, there is a greater chance for significant fines, fees, as well as increasing insurance premiums.

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