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07/16/2019

SALINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LAUNCHES NEW ENFORCEMENT BLITZ AGAINST SPEEDING; “OBEY THE SIGN OR PAY THE FINE”

Benton, AR – The Saline County Sheriff’s Office today launched a tough new speed enforcement blitz for Saline County under the tagline: “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.”  The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and across the nation.

“Speeding is a major contributing factor in fatal motor vehicle collisions” said Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright.  “Along with wearing your seat belt and driving sober, avoiding excessive speed can greatly increase your chances of surviving a crash.”

In 2015, speeding was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S. and 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 (NHTSA).

“During the “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” blitz, officers will intensify enforcement of posted speed limits in Saline County.  We will focus our efforts on areas where we receive complaints from citizens of speeders and in area highway work zones.” said Sheriff Wright.

Fully 17 percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred on local roads -- where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or under. According to NHTSA, a crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below. About 15 percent of the country’s speeding-related fatalities occur on interstate highways each year.

 A NHTSA research report, “Analysis of Speeding-Related Fatal Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes,” shows that a major proportion of fatal, speeding-related single-vehicle crashes occur on rural roadways.

Across America in 2015, speeding was a factor in 17 percent of all fatal crashes on dry roads, and in 21 percent of those occurring on wet roads.

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.

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