Recent enforcement that focused on speeding and occupant protection yielded more than 800 tickets.

Recent enforcement that focused on speeding and occupant protection yielded more than 800 tickets.

Speeding was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S. in 2015 and a contributing factor in 35 percent of fatal crashes in Delaware. Nationally more than 9,500 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes last year, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Speeding translates to death on our roadways. It greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object or an unexpected curve. Speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk,” said Jana Simpler, director of the Office of Highway Safety. “Not wearing a seatbelt puts the driver and passengers in even more risk.”

“During the enforcement blitz of Oct. 4-23, officers were out targeting and ticketing speeding drivers and those not wearing seatbelts,” said Simpler. “This enforcement alone resulted in nearly 400 tickets for speeding, 79 tickets for not wearing a seatbelt and four child restraint violations. Additionally, there were 18 drug-related arrests. Overall, more than 800 citations were issued during this enforcement.”

The Office of Highway Safety is committed to improving the safety of Delaware’s motoring public by focusing on behavioral traffic safety issues, such as impaired driving, seatbelt use, speed driving, child passenger safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, motorcycle safety and teen driving issues.

For more information, visit ohs.delaware.gov or arrivealivede.com.