Minnesota State Patrol stopped more than 3,500 motorists during a summer campaign targeting excessive speeding, lack of seat belt use, distracted driving and driving while impaired.
Troopers conducted high-visibility patrols around the state over six weekends from May through September as part of Project 20(22).
This year’s results included:
- 3,742 traffic stops
- 2,773 speeding tickets
- 144 Seat belt enforcement
- 137 distracted driving enforcements
- 61 impaired driving arrests
- 38 other arrests
Among the speeders pulled over was a 17-year-old for driving 113 mph in a 60 mph zone, a motorcyclist travelling at 107 mph in a 60 mph zone and an impaired motorcyclist pulled over for going 100 mph in a 70 mph zone.
“You do not have to drive our roads for very long to realize the driving behavior exhibited by many motorists is unsafe and unacceptable,” said Col. Matt Langer, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol.
“The goal of Project 20(22) was to make a difference and it did. I am proud of our troopers and allied agencies who worked hard during this project and who work hard each day to make our roads safer.”
Project 20(22) was first created as Project 20 in October 1979 and operated through October 1982. The State Patrol and Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety worked together to bring it back as a statewide Toward Zero Deaths initiative.