Verbatim statement issued Tuesday:
Indianapolis, IN. – In an effort to reduce the number of speed-related deaths and injuries on Hoosier roadways, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) has awarded Dangerous Driving Enforcement (DDE) grants to 29 local law enforcement agencies, including the Indiana State Police, to aggressively target speeding motorists.
Motorists can expect to see a greater police presence on roadways beginning this month, as participating agencies increase their efforts to target and ticket motorists who drive above posted speed limits. While speed enforcement is a year-round priority, many law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their efforts over the coming weeks.
In 2010, 18 percent of fatalities and 12 percent of injuries sustained in Indiana traffic collisions involved speed. In fact, nearly 10 percent of all collisions that occurred in Indiana involved a driver who was speeding.
“Speed limits exist to protect motorists,” said ICJI Traffic Safety Division Director, Ryan Klitzsch. “Anytime a driver disregards the posted speed limit, their chances for being involved in a collision increase exponentially,” he continued.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), crash data since 1995 shows a continuous increase in the number of deaths and injuries attributed to speed. Despite gains in vehicle safety and passenger protection, thousands of Americans still die each year in speed-related crashes.
No more warnings
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding-related traffic crashes, on average, cause more than 13,000 deaths on U.S. roadways every year. During 2010, nearly ten percent of all Indiana collisions involved a driver who was speeding. In fact, 18 percent of motor vehicle fatalities that occurred in the state last year involved speed.
Despite advancements in vehicle safety and passenger protection, crash data has shown a continuous increase in the number of nationwide deaths and injuries attributed to speed since 1995.
How Speed Affects You:
What you may not know is that motor vehicle crashes are more than twice as likely to result in a fatality on roads with a speed limit of 65 mph or more. Driving at higher rates of speed can:
• Reduce your ability to negotiate curves or maneuver around obstacles in the roadway;
• Extend the distance your vehicle travels before it can stop;
• Increase the distance your vehicle travels and increases your ability to react to a hazard;
• Heighten your risk of crash and injury, as other vehicles and pedestrians may not be able to judge correctly judge distance.
Young Males & Motorcyclists Most Often in Speed-Related Crashes
Among drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are the group most likely to speed. Data has shown that in Indiana, young drivers involved in collisions are consistently more likely to be speeding than older drivers. This includes both males and females; however males are more likely to speed than females of the same age.
While drivers of all ages may exceed posted speed limits, the relative proportion of speeding-related crashes to all crashes has been shown to decline with increasing driver age.
The most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that speeding motorcyclists are also over represented in roadway crashes. Thirty-four percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared with 22 percent for passenger car drivers, 18 percent for light-truck drivers and 7 percent for large-truck drivers.
Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.
The Posted Speed Limit IS THE LAW. Some motorists believe that if they drive only a few miles over the posted speed limit they won’t be ticketed. But now law enforcement will be targeting and ticketing speeding drivers. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine - the posted speed limit IS THE LAW. In April, law enforcement officers who participate in Indiana’s Dangerous Driving Enforcement (DDE) program will intensify their efforts to target and ticket motorists who speed on Indiana roadways. Efforts will be conducted statewide, with concentration in areas such as school zones, residential neighborhoods and secondary roads.
When it comes to speeding, no more warnings and no more excuses – Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.