Drop the Excuses, Drop Your Speed

Cordell officers have heard every excuse from motorists for speeding, but now motorists should hear this: There will be enhanced speed enforcement patrols throughout the summer.

Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes.

“Many drivers may not perceive speeding as a great risk on the road, but when you push above the speed limit, you are pushing the limits of road safety,” says Chief Daniel Allen. “Driving at unsafe speeds is just as dangerous and deadly as drunk and distracted driving. Unsafe speeds are unacceptable all year, but especially during the summer months when children are out playing in the parks and neighborhoods.”

A speeding citation for 10MPH over the limit is $100 plus fees and court costs. Motorists stopped at 20MPH over the speed limit face nearly double the fine, and those ticketed traveling more than 30MPH can face a reckless driving citation with a significant fine and points against your license.

Motorists should be mindful of the 25MPH speed limits in residential areas as well as around the parks. This includes, but is not limited to, the section of Glenn English from Main Street north to Third Street. (see attached photo for 25MPH zones on Glenn English and Main streets)

The Dangers and Consequences of Speeding

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control.

  • Increased stopping distance — It takes half length of a football field to stop when traveling at 40 miles per hour.

  • Less time available for driver response for crash avoidance.

  • Increased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries.

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