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HPD cracking down on speeders

By submitted, 07/12/18 8:06 PM

HOPE – Between July 16 and 22, 2018, Hope Police Department will launch a tough new speed enforcement blitz for the City of Hope, Arkansas 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 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,” said Assistant Chief Tomlin“During the “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” blitz, officers will intensify enforcement of posted speed limits in Hope, Arkansas. We’ll stop and ticket anyone caught speeding” said Tomlin. 

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)

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

“During this enforcement blitz, officers will be out targeting and ticketing speeding drivers,” said Tomlin. “Our goal is to save lives, and we’re putting all drivers on alert – the posted speed limit IS THE LAW. No more warnings and no more excuses. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.”