Buckle up and don’t speed on our roads

To the Editor:

Summertime is one of the deadliest times on Minnesota roadways. Not only is there more traffic, but it seems like everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere. In fact, illegal or unsafe speed is the leading contributing factor in fatal crashes.

No matter how many motorists are speeding, it doesn’t make it legal or safe. Speed limits are posted for a reason — to reflect the safe speed for the road’s design.

Speeding is often linked to aggressive driving such as tailgating, running red lights and abrupt lane changes.

If you are confronted with an aggressive driver, the best thing to do is get out of their way. Do not challenge them in any way. Instead, report aggressive driving by calling law enforcement as soon as you can safely do so.

Finally, remember to buckle up. It is still your best defense against distracted, speeding, and aggressive drivers. — Brian Middendorf, Morrison County Attorney, Morrison County Safe Roads Coalition member, Little Falls