With kids out of school and families hitting the road for vacations, Southern Nevada law enforcement will be specifically targeting speeders.
As part of the Joining Forces program, police will vigilantly search for drivers exceeding speed limits through June 15.
“Only one mile over the speed limit constitutes a violation of the law, and you can be stopped,” Nevada High Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said.
The Nevada Highway Patrol said our state has seen a steady increase in speed-related deaths in the past few years. In 2011, 66 motorists were killed in reckless driving and speed-related crashes. That number jumped to 100 in 2012.
According to a 10-year study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one-third of all fatal crashes nationwide were caused by drivers exceeding the speed limit. Between 2002 and 2011, nearly 124,000 people died in speed-related crashes.