It's never a good idea to drive over the speed limit, but it's even a worse idea on Mondays. Over the past three years, more speed-related crashes (5,012) occurred on Mondays than on any other day of the week. Fridays had second highest number with 4,793.
Saturdays were the most deadly as 48 people died in speed-related wrecks on the last day of the week according to data covering 2012 to 2014 from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
But fatal crashes and wrecks attributed to unsafe speeds can happen any day of the week, which is why law enforcement officers from 300 agencies statewide will be watching for lead foot drivers as part of f a two week speeding enforcement and education campaign that begins Friday and runs through July 26.
Speeding is a factor in one in five deaths on state roads, and on average 28 people die and 79 are injured in crashes in which speed is a factor, the DPS says.
“Speeding not only puts your life in danger but also the lives of your passengers and others on the road at risk,” said Lt. Tiffani Nielson, Minnesota State Patrol. “If the driver in your vehicle is going an unsafe speed, don’t be afraid to speak up. If you see a driver speeding or acting aggressively, call 911. It could save your life.”
Drivers who apparently are late for work in the morning or those who get off the job early and are trying to beat the rush home seem to be the most prone to speeding and crashing. The hours of 8 to 8:59 a.m. saw the most speed-related wrecks with 2,311. Mid- and late-afternoon commuting hours were also dangerous times, too with 1,836 recorded between 3 and 3:59 p.m. and another 1.725 between 4 and 4:59 p.m.
Of the 218 fatalities attributed to unsafe speeds, Saturday with 48 deaths was followed by Friday with 43.
According to AAA, a 30-minute trip at 55 miles per hour will take 32.7 minutes. Increasing speed by 10 miles per hour will shave 5 minutes off the drive while making the same trip at 75 miles per hour, 20 mph faster, will result in a savings of 8 minutes.
“We live in a fast-paced society, and we understand people are in a hurry to get to their destinations,” said Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director. “However, statistics show faster speeds don’t save much time. Slow down and drive the speed limit, as we all want to arrive alive instead of not arriving at all.”
Before you put the pedal to the metal, the DPS reminds drivers that besides injury and death, speeding has other consequences, including greater potential for losing control of a vehicle, more distance necessary for stopping and less time to react to emergencies. Should a crash occur, occupants in a speeding car one hit are more likely to suffer more severe injuries or death.
Here is the speed-related crash data: