Watch that lead foot starting today
The speed enforcement campaign “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” starts statewide enforcement today (July 10) and runs through July 16, according to a press release from the State Police.
The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA, underscores the severity of the problem both locally and across the nation. According to the United States Department of Transportations Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 105 of the 585 traffic fatalities in 2009 can be directly related to speeding.
“Speeding translates to fatalities on Arkansas roadways,” said Colonel JR Howard, director of the Arkansas State Police and Governors Highway Safety Representative. “It also greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object in the street or highway, or safely negotiate an unexpected curve. Speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk.”
During this enforcement campaign, officers from state, county and city law enforcement agencies will devote additional effort and time to ticketing speeding drivers, Howard said.
“Our goal is to save lives and were putting all drivers on alert the posted speed limit is the law. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine,” he said.
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