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Speed is leading contributor in fatal crashes

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Lead Summary
Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol

Question: How long does a speeding ticket and written warning ticket stay on your record?
Answer: A written warning does not go on your driving record, but it is recorded in our computer system.   Citations for speed, according to the Driver and Vehicle Services, generally stay on record for five years and serious speeds are 10 years. 
Each year illegal or unsafe speed is one of the leading contributing factors in Minnesota’s fatal crashes.
Costs of speeding violations vary by county, but typically are at least $120 for traveling 10 mph over the limit. 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.
Speeding is not an innocent crime — it puts every motorist at risk on the road:
•greater potential for loss of vehicle control.
•increased stopping distance.
•less time available for driver response for crash avoidance.
•increased crash severity — the faster the speed, the more violent the crash.
If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol, at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901-5848, or reach him at

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