Harrison Police will be joining other departments across the state, as well Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, for a special week-long speed enforcement saturation called “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” starting Monday, July 13.

The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and across the nation, a press release said.

“Speeding translates to death on our roadways,” Harrison Police Chief Chris Graddy said. “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.”

In 2015, speeding was a contributing factor in 27% of all fatal crashes in the United States and more than 9,500 lives were lost, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fully 17% of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred on local roads where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or lower. According to the 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 55 mph and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph. About 15% 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,” Graddy said. “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.”

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Old Arkie

Covid 19 ain't killing us off fast enough so they increase speed limits on highways to expedite the genocide!

Old Arkie

I read in this paper a few days ago the state plans to increase speeds on Arkansas highways by 5 MPH and I can think of no way to justify that very dangerous increase. Not so long ago they instituted the 55 MPH limit on state highways and if enforced, is one of the best moves they ever made to save Arkansan's lives. Arkansas highways are already suffering from neglect and defunding and are scarcely able to handle slower traffic. Can you imagine driving between Conway and Little Rock in a little compact car with a top speed of 60 or 65 MPH and being sandwiched in between 3 ,18 wheelers driving 80 MPH and trying to scare you out of the way?

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