Arkansas police emphasizing speed enforcement July 12-18

Arkansas State Police

Arkansas law enforcement officers will place an emphasis on speed enforcement from July 12-18 as part of the “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” campaign.

The Arkansas State Police says that state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and local police officers have committed to confront the safety threat caused by drivers who choose to ignore the posted speed limit on Arkansas highways and local streets.

“Speeding violations across Arkansas have been trending upward over the past 18 months, correlating with an increase we’ve witnessed in total fatalities from motor vehicle crashes,” state police director Colonel Bill Bryant said.

During the 2019 calendar year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documented 26% of all traffic fatalities, or 132 lives lost, in speeding related crashes. Nationally about 15% of the speeding related fatalities occur on Interstates yearly.

“When a driver increases the speed of a vehicle, it reduces the reaction time the driver has to safely react to unexpected hazards and too often the end result is serious injury or death to drivers and passengers,” Bryant said.

The NHTSA considers a crash to be speed related if a driver was charged with exceeding the posted speed limit or if the driver was driving too fast for conditions.