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Mar 15

2021-03: Five States Join Forces to Caution Against Excessive Speeding

Posted on March 15, 2021 at 10:34 AM by Shayndel Jones

A year of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the fastest year on the roads in recent memory.

The statewide law enforcement agencies of several neighboring states are joining together to urge motorists to slow down after a year of excessive speeding across the region. The Arkansas State Police, Iowa State Patrol, Kansas Highway Patrol, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Nebraska State Patrol all report a dramatic increase in excessive speeding, coinciding with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Over the last year there has been a common theme while speaking with our law enforcement partners in neighboring states; the increase in excessive speeding,” said Colonel Herman T. Jones, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “KHP is proud to partner with our neighboring states in reminding motorists of the dangers of excessive speeding and the need for us to all work together to make our state and region safe.”

Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska comprise Region 7 of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each state tracked the increase of excessive speeding in different ways, but every method told the same story: A year that felt incredibly long was also the fastest on the roads in recent memory. 

Below are the increases in excessive speeding citations, as tracked by each statewide agency.

 Arkansas State Police Iowa State Patrol Kansas Highway Patrol  Missouri State Highway Patrol  Nebraska State Patrol
 89%  108%  68%  82%  70%

As the winter months give way to more favorable driving conditions and busiest travel seasons, each agency is asking all motorists to do their part in the effort to keep the roads safe. Obey the posted speed limits, eliminate distractions, never drive impaired, and always buckle up. Troopers in each state will continue to patrol day and night to enforce traffic safety laws and help any motorist in need of assistance. 

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