Motorists enjoying the first signs of summer are advised to maintain the speed limit as they travel. Between July 21 – 23, Lawrence County will join participating law enforcement from Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma in Regional Speed Enforcement Campaign. Officers will be on the lookout for those who are traveling above the speed limit on all roadways.

Law enforcement officers across the state will patrol approximately 869 miles of roadway. By concentrating law enforcement on high traffic corridors, organizers hope to put motorists on guard and encourage safe driving.

Local Impact

“Speeding is a serious problem on Lawrence County roadways and has contributed to multiple traffic crashes, especially those that resulted in deaths. Too many of our fellow citizens are impacted by drivers who drive too fast for the road conditions or exceed the speed limit,” said Sheriff Brad DeLay. “In order to get drivers to slow down and reduce the number of crashes and fatalities, we plan to intensify enforcement of posted speed limits in Lawrence County. We’ll stop and ticket anyone caught speeding,” he said.

National Impact

Nationwide, approximately 9,536 crash fatalities in 2015 were related to a driver exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions. Eighty-six percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred on local roads where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or under. A crash is considered speeding-related if the driver was exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions at the time.

“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,” said DeLay.

For more information please visit http://trafficsafetymarketing.gov/.