Join the Nevada Highway Patrol in a resolution to slow down

Speed limits on Interstate 15 in Washington County will soon be raised. Leeds, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Utah Department of Transportation, St. George News

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — In an effort to save lives, the Nevada Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to slow down. As part of Joining Forces, a statewide law enforcement program, additional law enforcement officers will be working overtime through Jan. 21, enforcing speed limit laws.

Many make New Year’s resolutions that last a couple of days, weeks or even months, but this is one that should be made and stuck to for life. Speed plays a major factor in serious injuries and fatal crashes. When the speedometer goes up, so does the possibility of tragedy occurring

“Most drivers have heard the slogan, ‘speed kills,’ but it seems that the motoring public tends to forget the reality of that message,” Nevafa Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Stuenkel said. “Speed does kill when it comes to motor vehicle crashes, and our goal is to increase the public perception of the dangers of speeding on our roadways.”

Most motorists do not believe speeding is as risky as other behaviors, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the consequences of driving too fast include:

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
  • Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment
  • Increased stopping distance when the driver perceives a danger
  • Increased crash severity, leading to more debilitating injuries or death
  • Unexpected economic and psychological implications of a speed-related crash

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  • ladybugavenger January 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    The speed limit gets raised to 80 and now a campaign to slow down….makes me feel like you all are taking crazy pills. If you want people to slow down then don’t raise the speed limit.

  • .... January 6, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Oh if you think this is bad . wait till them Geritol prescribed old timers from Mesa AZ hit that speed limit zone LOL !

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