Six Midwestern states cracking down on speeding on July 21-23

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 7/21/2017

Driving through Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska or Oklahoma on July 21-23? Be careful. The six-state region is cracking down on speeders during that time with a speeding enforcement blitz.

“Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” will beef up enforcement for anyone going over the speed limit.

In 2015, speeding was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S. More than 9,500 lives were lost in such crashes, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts for 2015, more than half of fatal crashes involving trucks occurred at speeds between 50 and 65 mph. Less than 20 percent of truck fatal crashes were at speeds of 70-75 mph.

NHTSA considers a crash speeding-related if the driver was charged with exceeding the posted speed limit or if the driver was driving too fast for conditions at the time.

Among drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are the most likely to have been found speeding. In 2015, 32 percent of the males age 15-20 and 21-24 involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash.

“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.

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