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Officers cite 56 drivers during July speed enforcement campaign

Throughout July, officers from the Alexandria Police Department conducted enhanced speed patrols and cited 56 motorists traveling at illegal speeds during a statewide Safe and Sober effort.

"Every time you get behind the wheel, put safety first - travel at the posted speed limit and reduce your risk for a crash," said Sergeant Kevin Guenther of the Alexandria Police Department.

Speeding is the most commonly reported factor in fatal crashes. Each year in Minnesota, speed contributes to about 150 traffic deaths and 7,000 injuries. In the three-year period 2006-2008 in Minnesota, speed contributed to seven traffic deaths in Douglas County and nearly 400 fatalities statewide - resulting in an economic impact of more than $454 million.

In Douglas County, a typical 10 mph over the limit speeding ticket can cost $125. Among those cited for speed, the highest recorded speed in the city of Alexandria was 48 mph in a 30 mph zone.

The Safe and Sober effort is coordinated by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. The campaign is a component of the state's Toward Zero Death (TSD) initiative. TZD is a multi-agency approach to address traffic issues regionally through enforcement, education, engineering and emergency trauma care and response.