Sheriff’s Office Participating in Speed Awareness Week

Modified: August 2, 2019 2:42pm

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“Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine”


Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces Deputies are participating in the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s Speed Awareness Week from August 1 – 7, and reminds drivers to “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.”


Deputies are intensifying enforcement of posted speed limits throughout Erie County and targeting roadways where data indicates there was a crash related to speed.  Deputies will stop and ticket anyone caught speeding, especially on roads in neighborhoods, and secondary roads where most of the speed-related crashes occur.


Nationally, 17% of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred on local roads -- where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or under. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (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 compared to a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph.  It also states that crashes are nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below. About 15% of the country’s speeding-related fatalities occur on interstate highways each year.


An 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.


Across America in 2015, speeding was a factor in 17% of all fatal crashes on dry roads, and in 21% of those occurring on wet roads.


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.


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