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Area law agencies conducting extra speed patrols in July

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WILLMAR — The Atwater Police Department, Benson Police Department, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, Swift County Sheriff’s Office and the Willmar Police Department will participate in increased patrols from July 10-27. The patrols are part of a statewide speeding enforcement effort.

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The effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes, according to a news release about the enforcement effort. During 2011-2013, speed was a contributing factor in 235 traffic deaths statewide.

In Kandiyohi and Swift counties, an average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is at least $120. Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face double the fine, and those ticketed traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.

“Blue skies and clear roads doesn’t mean it’s safer to travel at fast, dangerous speeds,” said Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog in the release. “July is always one of our deadliest months, and this campaign aims to pull over motorists who are driving too fast and aggressively.”

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