September 22, 2016 14:02 ET

NHTSA Launches New Enforcement Blitz Against Speeding

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6-State Regional Effort, Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement officials from the states of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma today launched a tough new speed enforcement campaign -- Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine. With busy traffic on I-70 as a backdrop, officials from six state highway patrols joined dozens of officials from all six participating states to announce the program of zero tolerance for speeding that is going on September 23 through September 25. Up and down the highways and roadways of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma officers will be arresting anyone exceeding the speed limit.

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 in 2015, 9,536 people were killed in speed-related crashes representing 27% of the 35,092 people killed in all traffic crashes.

Members of law enforcement, representing 226 agencies will cover more than 5,700 miles of roadway throughout the midsection of the country during the enforcement campaign. Organizers expect this very visible law enforcement presence to dissuade drivers from speeding and other forms of reckless driving. During the blitz, officers will intensify enforcement of speed limits, stopping and ticketing anyone exceeding the limit.

"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. When it comes to speeding, no more warnings and no more excuses -- Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine,"said Susan DeCourcy, Regional Administrator NHTSA Region 7.

"I thank my colleagues at NHTSA and representatives from the State Highway Safety Offices for their tireless work on this critical issue," said T.F. Scott Darling, III, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, whose agency is a federal partner in the speed enforcement campaign. "We also salute all of the State law enforcement officials in these six states who admirably serve on the frontlines and are our key partners in helping make our roads safer -- they are true champions for safety. "

At today's event, Federal officials from NHTSA and FMCSA, State officials from the Missouri Highway Safety Office and six participating State Highway Patrols made brief remarks regarding the enforcement campaign. The officials, their Federal or State affiliation and approximate time of their remarks (on satellite uplink) are as follows:

  • Susan DeCourcy, Regional Administrator, NHTSA Region 7
  • T.F. Scott Darling, III, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Colonel J. Bret Johnson - Missouri State Highway Patrol - 17:33 - 17:56
  • Colonel Mark Bruce - Kansas Highway Patrol - 18:05 - 18:20
  • Colonel Mike Van Berkum - Iowa State Patrol - 18:23 - 18:40
  • Colonel Bradley Rice - Nebraska State Patrol - 19:07 - 19:25
  • Major Forrest Marks - Arkansas State Police - 19:34 - 19:50
  • Major Jack McCoy - Oklahoma Highway Patrol - 20:22 - 20:39
  • Bill Whitfield, Highway Safety Director, MoDOT Traffic and Highway Safety
  • Video of LIDAR (radar) Demonstration

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