Law enforcement agencies in Arkansas and in five other states will concentrate their highway patrol assignments on speeding violations Friday through Sunday, the Arkansas State Police said Monday.
Authorities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma are participating in Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine, an operation that seeks to make highway travel safer by cracking down on speeders.
“During the Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine operation, state troopers will intensify their speed enforcement patrols,” Arkansas State Police Director Col. Bill Bryant says in a news release. “We’ll stop and ticket anyone caught speeding.”
Speeding was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S. in 2015, according to the release.
The agency said more than 9,500 lives were lost in speed-related crashes across the country in 2015. In Arkansas, there were 531 total traffic fatalities that year, 90 of which, or 17 percent, were speed-related.