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Highway Patrols Crack Down in Effort to Reach ‘Zero Fatalities’

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In Nevada and across the nation, highway patrols are making stops while making the point that speed kills—ending the lives of 9,557 people in 2015 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). From October 19 through November 1st, Nevada law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for those violating the speed limit in an attempt to reach the ultimate goal of “Zero Fatalities” on our roads.

Zero Fatalities is a Department of Transportation (DOT) program first started in Utah that has now spread to neighboring states. By partnering with local public agencies and private sector organizations, the goal of Zero Fatalities is to educate the public on road safety while reducing the number of deaths on our roadways. The program takes its cues from an initiative in Europe that started in Sweden, called Vision Zero—the first organization to popularize the idea that no human death is acceptable and that traffic deaths can be reduced to zero with a combined effort between local governments and community participation.

The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) wants to remind people that speed limits are designed to protect people, both you as a driver and those with which you share the road. While many believe that speeding is far less risky than other bad driving behaviors, it’s important to remember that exceeding the speed limit that has been set for that area and local road conditions could result in:

– a greater potential for losing control of one’s car

– increased degree of crash damage and severe injuries

-an increase in required stopping distance

– reduced protection from vehicle’s safety equipment

 

NHP Troopers see this yearly event as an opportunity to remind all drivers that a ticket is a far smaller price to pay than the loss of a life. Experts also point to a recent study released by the NTSB—entitled Reducing Speeding-Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles—that found speeding to be just as dangerous as driving drunk. Robert L. Sumwalt, the NTSB’s acting chairman, summed up the dangers by stating, “You can’t tackle our rising epidemic of roadway deaths without tackling speeding.”

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  1. Douglas says:
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    Make no mistake about it. Nevada is cashing in on a multibillion dollar scam which has nothing to do with highway safety. There is no connection between someone receiving a speeding ticket and the possibility of being in an accident. Money is the driving force behind these “speeding campaigns” used not only by State governments for revenue but also by the insurance industry which gets a piece of the action as well. In fact, the annual profit from speeding tickets and insurance surcharges alone exceeds some State budgets.
    Deaths due to driving over a speed limit are between 1.5-3% – not 30% touted by so-called safety experts. The 30% figure is reached by using speed as a factor when an accident occurs by someone running a stop sign, ramming into the rear of a stopped car, driving intoxicated the wrong way on an Interstate highway, etc.
    According to the Federal Highway Administration, 90% of speeding tickets are issued on roads where speed limits are set artificially low and drivers are traveling at safe speeds. And if these speed ticket enforcement programs are so necessary to reduce deaths, why did Montana experience the lowest amount of fatalities during the time it had no daytime speed limit and experience a 20 year high two years after its implementation?

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    Far too many posted limits in Nevada and many other states are NOT set for safety, they are set to maximize ticket revenue in speed traps that ticket mostly safe drivers for profits. But enforcement for profits is a despicable racket that no one should ever tolerate.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  3. Whodoyouwantmetobe says:
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    It’s always about policing for profit.Lie Lie and more Lies

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