Law enforcement from more than 300 agencies across Minnesota set out to look for speeding drivers, and they found them.
Officers wrote 13,214 citations during a statewide speed enforcement between July 8 and 22. That was far fewer than the 16,410 tickets issued during a similar two-week crack down in July 2015. It's unclear if that means Minnesotans are speeding less or more adept at not getting caught.
A few of the lead foot drivers pulled over offered some lame excuses for their transgression. "I had to get to McDonalds before it closed," said one driver who was ticketed. "My multiple boxes of frozen meat are melting in the back seat," said another.
Safety officials says speeding increases the potential of losing control of the vehicle, stopping distance,and give drivers less time to avoid a crash. When there is a crash and speeding is a factor, injuries are often more severe.
Despite the risks, motorists drove really fast. The speediest driver was clocked going 120 miles per hour by Rosemount Police while Hermantown Police stopped a driver for going 117 miles per hour. The Minnesota State Patrol, Rock County Sheriff's Office and Medina Police also ticketed motorists for going more than 100 miles per hour.
Here are a few more numbers: The State Patrol in west metro issued the most tickets with 760. In the Olympic spirit, the patrol's east metro district took the silver with 575 and the Rochester district took the bronze with 545.
Other notable totals included the patrol's St. Cloud district with 390, the Mankato district with 372 and Marshall with 350.
City police also were busy. In Edina, authorities issued 339 tickets followed by Bloomington, 217, Eden Prairie 195, Lakeville, 185, White Bear Lake, 184 and Minnetonka, 177. A breakout by department is available here.