Minnesota Announces Statewide Street Racing, Speeding Crackdown
If driving with a lead foot is one of your guilty pleasures, you may want to think twice about hitting the road in Minnesota this summer.
For the third year in a row, the Minnesota State Patrol is going to great lengths to put the brakes on speeding on the state's roadways.
They're turning up the heat. Literally.
The State Patrol is bringing back the HEAT (Highway Enforcement for Aggressive Traffic) program to try and combat street racing, speeding, and other dangerous driving behaviors throughout the North Star State.
Special summer enforcement is planned across the state, and not just at ground level. A State Patrol helicopter will be used to monitor speeds from the sky.
In the two previous HEAT program runs, Minnesota law enforcement saw significant results.
During street racing enforcement from April 15 through December 31, 2022, 1,995 stops were made resulting in 804 citations and warnings, 167 arrests, and 66 DWI arrests.
Meanwhile, HEAT enforcement from February 15 through December 31, 2022 resulted in 26,688 stops, 313 arrests, and 165 DWI arrests.
Officials estimate that fatal crashes dropped 10 percent last year and are down 22 percent this year.
A University of Minnesota study following HEAT last year showed the number of vehicles traveling over 70 mph decreased by 11 percent on metro-area freeways where the speed limit increased to 60 mph.
In greater Minnesota on highways where speed limits were raised to 60 mph, the number of vehicles traveling over 70 mph dropped nearly 29 percent.
On four-lane, divided, 65 mph roads where the speed limit remained the same, the number of vehicles traveling over 75 mph also decreased by almost 29 percent. \
Most notable was a 43 percent decrease in the number of vehicles traveling in excess of 80 mph on rural 70 mph freeways.