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“Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.” April 12, 2010

Posted by southbendpolice in Community Announcements, Feature Stories.
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You may have heard or seen the commercials recently about speeding on local media outlets. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute spring traffic safety campaign is highlighting attention to a common problem everywhere regarding traffic safety.

According to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 13,000 lives are lost in speeding-related traffic crashes nationwide. A crash is considered “speed-related” when a driver is charged with a speeding-related offense, or if the responding officer indicates the driver was driving too fast for the road conditions or exceeded the posted speed limit.

Speed was a contributing factor in 29 percent of all fatal crashes in Indiana in 2008.

Despite advancements in vehicle safety and passenger protection, crash data has shown a continuous increase in the number of deaths and injuries attributed to speed since 1995. As a result, thousands of Americans die in crashes related to speeding each year.

NHTSA also reports that crashes on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or more is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than one ocuring on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph. The number increases to nearly five times on roads with a speed limit of 40 mph or below.
How Speed Effects You

* Reduces their ability to negotiate curves or maneuver around obstacles in the roadway;
* Extends the distance traveled before a vehicle can stop;
* Increases the distance a vehicle travels while you react to a hazard;
* Increases the risk of crashes and injuries because other vehicles and pedestrians may not be able to judge distance correctly.

Young Males & Motorcyclists Most Often in Speed-Related Crashes
Among drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are the most likely to have been found speeding. The most recent data indicates that 38 percent of the males age 15-20 involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash. Drivers of all ages may exceed posted speed limits, but the relative proportion of speeding-related crashes to all crashes declines with increasing driver age. Speeding motorcyclists are also over represented in crashes. NHTSA also reported that 34 percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared with 22 percent for passenger car drivers, 18 percent for light-truck drivers and 7 percent for large-truck drivers.

Speeding & Impaired Driving: A Deadly Combination
Driving impaired and speeding are a deadly combination. Between midnight and 3 a.m., 75 percent of speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. Forty percent of the drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding and had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher according to recent national data. This compares with only 14 percent of the drivers with a BAC of .00 involved in fatal crashes. Twenty-five percent of speeding drivers under age 21 who were involved in fatal crashes had a BAC of .08 or higher. In contrast, 11 percent of non-speeding drivers under age 21 involved in fatal crashes had a BAC of .08 or higher. For drivers between age of 21 and 24 who were speeding and involved in fatal crashes, 50 percent had a BAC of .08 or higher, compared with 24 percent of non-speeding drivers.

The Posted Speed Limit IS THE LAW. Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.
Many Americans believe they won’t be ticketed if they drive within a “buffer zone” above the posted speed limit.

But now law enforcement will be targeting and ticketing speeding drivers. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine – the posted speed limit IS THE LAW. In April, Indiana law enforcement officials are stepping up enforcement of speed violators in areas across the state. Focus will be particularly concentrated in school zones, residential neighborhoods and secondary roads.

Our goal is to save lives. When it comes to speeding, no more warnings and no more excuses—Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.

courtesy ICJI

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