The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has begun a focused effort on traffic safety as the warmer months are upon the area.
Last month, the Sheriff’s Office sent out a news release saying it is starting an “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine,” campaign to address speeding.
The campaign is among several looking to be held over the summer months, including seat belt enforcement, Lt. Stephen Collins said by phone interview this week.
According to the news release on the speeding campaign, speeding was a factor in 27% of all fatal crashes in the United States.
More than 9,500 lives were lost in those crashes, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with the U.S. Department of Transportation office, the release states.
“During the ‘Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine,’ blitz, deputies will intensify enforcement of posted speed limits in Warren County and Town of Front Royal,” Collins states in the release. “We’ll stop and ticket anyone caught speeding — especially on John Marshall Highway, Remount Road, Winchester Road and Stonewall Jackson Highway, where most of our speed-related crashed occur.”
Rural roadways were a major proportion of fatal, speeding-related single vehicle crashes, according to an NHTSA report, the release states.
Local roads, where posted speed limits are 55 mph or under, are where 17 percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred, the release states. About 15% of the country’s speeding related fatalities occur on interstate highways each year, the release states.
A crash on a road with a speed limit of at least 65 mph 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, the release states.
Speeding was a factor nationally in 17% of all fatal crashes on dry roads and in 21% of crashes occurring on wet roads in 2015, the release states. Speeding in bad weather conditions dramatically increases the probability that a motorist will be involved in a crash, Collins notes in the release.
A crash is considered speeding related by NHTSA if the driver was charged with exceeding the posted speed limit or if the driver was driving too fast for conditions at the time, the release states.