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MCRPD starts enforcement blitz against speeding

Local police department fights against irresponsible diriving

LEWISTOWN–The Mifflin County Regional Police Department today launched a tough new speed enforcement blitz under the tagline: “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.” The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and across the nation.

Speeding translates to death on our roadways. It greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object, or an unexpected curve. Speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk.

In 2015, speeding was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S. and more than 9,500 lives were lost in such crashes, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

During the blitz, Regional officers will intensify enforcement of posted speed limits in Burnham Borough, as well as Brown, Derry and Union Townships.

A NHTSA research report, “Analysis of Speeding-Related Fatal Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes,” shows that a major proportion of fatal, speeding related single-vehicle crashes occur on rural roadways.

In addition, driving above the posted speed limit or speeding in bad weather conditions dramatically increases the probability that a motorist will be involved in a crash.

During this enforcement blitz, officers will be out targeting and ticketing speeding drivers. Our purpose is to save lives, and we’re putting all drivers on alert, the posted speed limit IS THE LAW. No more warnings and no more excuses. When it comes to speeding: “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.”

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