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Staff report, Published July 01 2009

Clay County, local police step up patrols for speeding, DUI

MOORHEAD – Police in Moorhead, Dilworth, Glyndon and Hawley, as well as the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, will conduct enhanced speed patrols throughout July.

“Speeding motorists are a serious threat to everyone on the road,” Moorhead Lt. Joel Scharf said in a news release. “When speed increases, so does the chance for violent a crash.”

Scharf said with warm weather comes an increase in speeding behavior. He noted that increased speed doesn’t save much travel time but greatly increases the chances of being involved in a crash.

In Clay County, a typical speeding ticket for going 10 mph over the limit can cost $140. In Minnesota, speeding fines are doubled if a motorist is caught speeding 20 mph or more over the limit, and drivers traveling at speeds of 100 mph or more are subject to a six-month license revocation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said law enforcement throughout the Midwest also will be cracking down on drunk drivers today through Sunday.

In 2007, 34 percent of drivers involved in traffic-related crashes during the Fourth of July holiday period had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher, the NHTSA said in a news release.