Regional Speed Enforcement Campaign This Weekend
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office To
Participate in 1st NHTSA Regional Speed Enforcement Campaign
“Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine”
(September 23, 2016) This weekend, from now until September 25th, 2016, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office will be joining other law enforcement agencies from Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma in a Regional Speed Enforcement Campaign. Officers will specifically be on the lookout for those who are traveling above the speed limit on all roadways.
By concentrating law enforcement on high traffic corridors, organizers hope to put motorists on guard and encourage safe driving.
“Drivers who exceed the posted speed limits enhance the dangers to not only themselves, but other motorists, as well,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves. “Traffic crashes which involve high speeds generally result in more serious injuries and are more likely to result in death. Our objective with this enforcement campaign is to make our roadways safer. While we prefer motorists to comply with traffic laws, we plan to intensify enforcement of posted speed limits for those who choose not to voluntarily comply,” concluded Sheriff Groves.
Nationwide, 27% of crash fatalities in 2015 were related to a driver exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions. Fully 86 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 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (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 14 percent of the country’s speeding-related fatalities occur on interstate highways each year. 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.