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Cracking down on speedy drivers

Minnesota State Patrol is starting its extra speed enforcement.

Posted: Jul 5, 2018 7:38 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Despite the dangers of winter driving, more traffic fatalities actually happen in the summer. Much of the crashes involving speeding drivers. 

So, starting on July 6 Minnesota State Patrol is upping it's speed enforcement. 

It says speedier drivers could also mean more aggressive drivers. If contronted by an aggressive driver, State Patrol suggests staying calm, not making or returning any gestures, and reporting the aggressive driving. 

Higher speeds on the roads also creates more dangers for motorcycle riders. Early number shows 23 motorcylcists have died on Minnesota roads in 2018. 

Chuck Klemm is a rider and said speeders on the road can be worrisome. 

"If they're going that fast, they're probably not looking for us," he said. "They're in a hurry, their mind's in another place, and it's already hard to be seen the way it is."

But he also said he sees a lot of distracted driving too. 

To stay safe, he rides defensively. 

"We are actually on guard all the time. We assume people don't see us. That's our best defense," he said. 

This is what State Patrol suggests riders do, too. It also advises riders to wear brightly-colored protective gear and stay out of drivers' blindspots. 

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