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Reno Police Remind Drivers to “Slow Down”

Post Date:10/16/2017 9:00 AM

In an effort to save lives, the Reno Police Department is reminding motorists to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n. As part of Joining Forces, a statewide high visibility enforcement program, Reno Police will be partnering with other law enforcement agencies throughout Nevada will be working overtime October 19 - November 1, 2017 enforcing speed limit laws.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Speeding endangers everyone on the road; it killed 9,557 people in 2015. We all know the frustrations of modern life and juggling a busy schedule. But speed limits are there to protect you and others on the road. Speed also affects your safety even when you’re driving the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as during bad weather, when a road is under repair or in an area at night that isn’t well lit.

Most motorists, however, do not believe speeding is as risky as other behaviors, but the consequences of driving too fast include:

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
  • Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment
  • Increased stopping distance when the driver perceives a danger
  • Increased degree of crash severity leading to more debilitating injuries
  • Unexpected economic and psychological implications of a speed-related crash.

The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) provides funding and expertise, creates partnerships and promotes education to reduce traffic deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways.  Joining Forces enforcement is paid for by Nevada Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety.

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