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Crackdown on Speeding

Posted - Apr. 12, 2004 at 9:34 a.m.



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To the Utah Highway Patrol, KSL says thank you! Your five-hour blitz to catch speeders in Utah County March 29 sent a timely message about the need for motorists to slow down.

Troopers hit I-15 from Lehi to Provo in force that Monday morning. They stopped 138 vehicles and ticketed 116 drivers for speeding and aggressive driving. They even got a motorcyclist doing 115 miles per hour. That’s as reckless as it is frightening!

Of course, speeders, whether chronic or occasional, are a threat to themselves. That’s a given. More especially, though, they endanger the lives of the many other responsible motorists who understand the importance of driving at safe and reasonable speeds.

Though still not right, it is easier to understand why a motorist might occasionally get a bit lead-footed on an un-congested rural highway. But speeding in heavy traffic during the morning rush hour simply makes no sense at all. It has been demonstrated repeatedly that the time gained in getting from point A to point B by such reckless driving is negligible. And the danger increases exponentially.

KSL applauds the Utah Highway Patrol for aggressively cracking down on speeding motorists. We’re told they plan another similar special enforcement blitz later this month. If they do it enough – who knows – the message to slow down might actually start getting through.

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