KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - October 03, 2016) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and law enforcement officials from the states of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma recently conducted a tough speed enforcement campaign -- Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine. From September 23-September 25, officers from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma officers issued 7,373 citations for excessive speed.
In 2015, 2,964 people in these six states lost their lives on roadways. Of those, 785 or 27% of them were speed related. Nationwide, 9,536 people were killed in speed-related crashes in 2015 or 27% of the 35,092 people killed in all traffic crashes.
Members of law enforcement, representing 226 agencies covered more than 5,700 miles of roadway throughout the midsection of the country during the enforcement campaign. During the blitz, officers intensified enforcement of speed limits, stopped and ticketed anyone they found exceeding the limit.
"The very visible law enforcement presence over this enforcement period succeeded in dissuading drivers from speeding and other forms of reckless driving. Officers were vigilant in their efforts to stop speeders. Thanks to them, the roadways are safer," said Susan DeCourcy, Regional Administrator NHTSA Region 7.
"Speeding translates to death on our roadways. It greatly reduces a driver's ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object, or an unexpected curve. Speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk. All drivers need to be on alert -- the posted speed limit IS THE LAW," said Ms. DeCourcy.
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