The Hope Police Department today launched a tough new speed enforcement blitz for Hope, Arkansas under the tagline: “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.” The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers has become a major problem not just locally but nationwide.
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.
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.
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.
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