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BVPD to conduct speeding mobilization

You have hit the open road on your summer trip, but Bella Vista Police officers want to remind you to slow it down and watch your speed to ensure you arrive safely to your destination.

Starting this week, BVPD will join other agencies nationwide in participating in an enhanced speed enforcement initiative Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine. Officers will be working on directed patrols to stop and ticket anyone who is caught speeding, especially in areas known for drivers who travel at speeds higher than the posted limits, such as school zones.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 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. About 15 percent of the country’s speeding-related fatalities occur on interstate highways each year.

While drivers of all ages are known to exceed posted limits, the relative proportion of speeding-related crashes to all crashes decline as drivers age. Among drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are the most likely to have been found speeding, according to the NHTSA. Motorcycles also play a larger role in the statistics of speeding-related crashes, with almost one-third of all motorcycle fatal crashes in 2015 resulting from speeding.

The posted speed limit is the law. The goal of this enforcement is to promote safe driving and ultimately save lives. During this initiative, expect no warnings – Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.