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Speed Limit Crackdown Starts In Minnesota

Updated: 07/10/2014 6:08 PM
Created: 07/10/2014 3:14 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

"The trauma service only sees the highest energy car crashes," Doctor Steve Eyer said.

Eyer is the Trauma Director at Essentia Health and knows all to well what speeding on roads can do.

"They've had bad head injuries so they're neurologically not as well or they're in shock and their heart is racing and blood pressure is low," Eyer said.

Eyer has been working with trauma patients for 35 years and he has some words of warning.

"Speed is a major contributor in most bad accidents," Eyer said.

Lieutenant Jason Hanson with the Minnesota State Patrol is also familiar with the outcomes.

"Driving is something we need to take seriously," Hanson said. "There are life and death consequences. We need to get where we're going safe."

To help spread that message, a speed limit crackdown kicked off Thursday statewide. Eyewitness News went on a ride along with Hanson where he pulled over three drivers on Highway 194.

"We're just trying to reduce every year as much as possible," Allison Nicolson, with Driving for Safe Communities, said about traffic deaths.

The coalition works to educate people about safe driving practices.

The special enforcement continues through July 27.

Hanson said Minnesota ranks as the second safest state in the country when it comes to fatalities per miles traveled.

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