Marshall County

Marshall County Sheriff's Office Conducted Special Speed Enforcement Project

July 18, 2022 at 8:39 am

Nationally, speeding more often that not 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).

17 percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred on local roads where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or under. According to NHTSA, 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.

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.

On July 15th, 2022, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office along with Iowa State Patrol and State Center Police Department conducted a joint speed enforcement project.  The project was conducted on U.S. Highway 330 south of Melbourne with the use of an Iowa State Patrol aircraft.  The enforcement started at 6:30 am and lasted approximately two hours.  During the two hours twenty-one vehicles were stopped for speed violation and an additional five were stopped for other traffic violations.  The fastest vehicle was stopped at 93 mph in a 65-mph zone.  The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and across the nation.

During the summer months, deputies will continue to be out enforcing speed related violations.  The goal of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Traffic Unit is to save lives and educate motorist - the posted speed limit is the law. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.

NHTSA considers a crash speeding-related if the driver was charged with exceeding the posted speed limit or if the driver was driving too fast for conditions at the time.

About Marshall County Sheriff's Office:

The Marshall County, Iowa Sheriff's Office is led by Sheriff Joel Phillips and is committed to keeping communities and neighborhoods safe in Marshall County.

For additional information contact:

Traffic Safety Deputy Jon Rogers

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office

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