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Police: Speeding Not A Big Issue In Sioux Falls

February 15, 2013, 5:40 PM by Hailey Higgins

Police: Speeding Not A Big Issue In Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Thursday's deadly crash involved some extraordinary circumstances, yet Sioux Falls Police say some drivers do tend to have a lead foot on Minnesota Avenue.

Parked outside the Minnehaha County jail, Officer TJ Olsen keeps an eye out for speeders on Minnesota Avenue.

"It only takes a matter of minutes, really, before we find something," Olsen said.

During his patrols, Olsen says he regularly catches drivers going too fast.

In light of Thursday's crash, where witnesses say the driver was going up to 100 miles per hour, Officer Greg Schmit says that type of behavior is extremely rare.

"Speeding is always an issue," Schmit said. "With the accident yesterday with that high rate of speed, very, very seldom do we ever see anything like that."

Schmit says officers regularly patrol Minnesota Avenue, along with other busy roads, adding that driving too fast may not be as prevalent as people think.

"What we find is, yes, we do find people who are speeding, but then we find a major amount of them who are doing the speed limit or maybe a little above, or maybe a little below," Schmit said.

And while this woman is not getting off without a speeding ticket, Schmit says she's in the minority of drivers on Sioux Falls roads.

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