Area law enforcement are conducting increased speed patrols for the next 2 weeks to combat a deadly cause of traffic crashes. The special “Speed Week” enforcement and education effort involves authorities across the state. Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. Over the last 3 years, speed was a contributing factor in a total of 54 traffic deaths and 151 serious injuries in southern Minnesota. That includes 18 deaths in the 9-county KNUJ area. The average fine for a speeding citation is well over $100 as well. Motorists stopped at 20 miles-per-hour over the speed limit face double the fine also, and those ticketed traveling more than 100 miles-per-hour can lose their license for six months.