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Law enforcement in Iowa to focus on speeding drivers during “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” campaign


This news story was published on September 22, 2016.
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Seeing drivers can look forward to this scene

Seeing drivers can look forward to this scene

DES MOINES – Motorists enjoying the first signs of fall are advised to maintain the speed limit. From September 23-25, the Iowa State Patrol will join participating law enforcement from Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma in a Regional Speed Enforcement Campaign. Officers will be on the lookout for those who are traveling above the speed limit on all roadways.

“The main goal of the Iowa State Patrol is to help ensure that all who travel on Iowa’s roadways arrive to their destination, and arrive there safely. The campaign is aimed to modify unsafe driver behavior through concerted enforcement efforts,” said Colonel Michael VanBerkum of the Iowa State Patrol.

“Speeding is a serious problem on Iowa 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 Sgt. Nate Ludwig of the Iowa State Patrol “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 Iowa.”

The Iowa State Patrol will be working with county and local law enforcement this weekend across the state, with primary efforts on Interstate 35 and Highway 30.

“There has been a significant increase in Iowa fatalities, currently Iowa has seen an increase of 18% from this time last year, said Pat Hoye, Chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Nationwide, 27% of crash fatalities in 2015 were related to a driver exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions. Fully 86 percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred on local roads — where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or under. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (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.

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10 Responses to Law enforcement in Iowa to focus on speeding drivers during “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” campaign

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 23, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    86% of speed related fatalities happen on local roads under 55 speed limit,but will focus on i-35 and Hiway 30.Seem to be focusing on wrong roads if really just looking for speeding violations it even said in article most happen under posted limits of 55.

  2. the real fred Reply Report comment

    September 23, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Just enforce the law all the time and you won’t need “special enforcements.”

  3. 'Nonymus Reply Report comment

    September 23, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Fund raising again! Safe driving has a lot more to do with skills than speed. Lowering the limits just diminishes skill levels, lower skill levels, more accidents!

  4. Martha Reply Report comment

    September 23, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Go raid yor drug dealers, robberies, and assaults.

  5. Peter L Reply Report comment

    September 23, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Meanwhile cops continue to ignore loud tailpipe violations…

    Disgruntled losers have found a way to get back at that girl that wouldn’t go out with them…racing up and down her street blaring loud engine noise. That’ll show her!!

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Tell them to come to my street. They speed up and down the street every damn day. Bikers racing eachother in a residential neighborhood with children playing.

  7. Sad but true Reply Report comment

    September 22, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    its all about the $$$$$
    These patrolman are making from 75.000 to 100.000 and more. It has to be justified

    • How much is public safety worth? Reply Report comment

      September 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      How much should they make?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      They earn every cent, and then some.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 23, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      The state patrol is way over paid. It’s disgraceful. Where is Linda U when it comes to this state rip off.