Ideal Road Conditions and Speeding Enforcement

The Minneapolis Police put out a press release stating that there will be increased speeding enforcement over the rest of the summer. The release included the following quote from Sergeant Scott Olson:

“Ideal road conditions lead to motorists increasing speeds and ignoring speed limits.”

This is one of the things that bugs me about speeding enforcement. Sure, people drive faster in ideal road conditions. Why? Because the conditions are ideal. And I think it’s safe to assume that speed limits are based on something less than ideal road conditions, so it’s not particularly unsafe to be speeding a bit in ideal conditions.

Yet, when I’m driving on 212 to Eden Prairie, the chances of seeing a speed trap operation set up near Valley View correlates exactly with the quality of driving conditions. Dry roads, low traffic levels, and unlimited visibility = speed trap conditions.

People caught in speed traps during ideal driving conditions are not being taught a lesson. They’re frustrated due to the ridiculousness of being slapped with a fine for what is NOT unsafe driving behavior.

Unfortunately, it’s probably not safe to be speeding after unsafe drivers in heavier traffic conditions or less than ideal weather situations where people really are being unsafe. How can the truly unsafe behavior be properly addressed without creating additionally unsafe enforcement?

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