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White Earth Police Department Launches New Enforcement Blitz Against Speeding

07-01-2016

WHITE EARTH, MINN. –  White Earth Police Department launched a tough new speed enforcement blitz for the White Earth Nationunder the tagline: “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.”  The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers underscores the severity of the problem both locally and across the nation.

“Speeding translates to death on our roadways. 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,” said Lt. Jeremy Cossette.

“During the “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” blitz,officers will intensify enforcement of posted speed limits and we’ll stop and ticket anyone caught speeding. Increased patrol will be done especially on local and county roads, where most of our speed-related crashes occur,” said Cossette.

Eighty-six percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occur 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.

A NHTSA research report, “Analysis of Speeding-Related Fatal Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes,” shows that a major proportion of fatal, speeding-related single-vehicle crashes occur on rural roadways.

“During this enforcement blitz, officers will be out targeting and ticketing speeding drivers,” said Cossette. “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.”

NHTSA considers a crash speeding-related if the driver was charged with exceeding the posted speed limit or if the driver was driving too fast for conditions at the time.

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