Speeding: Get there slower, or not Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2016
By Staff Sgt. Derek Atwood
Special to GUIDON

We’re all guilty —  gawking when you see police red and blue flashing lights on the side of the road with a possible violator sitting in their vehicle.

We contemplate what the violator may have done to get pulled over. Chances are, that violation on Fort Leonard Wood was speeding.

More than 160 speeding citations have been issued in the first two months of this year by military police and Department of the Army civilian police officers. There have also been two serious motor-vehicle collisions on post, in which speed played a major contributor.

You have all seen the slogan “Stop Speeding, Before it Stops You” or “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.” Apparently, those caught speeding are not heeding the free advice.

Speeding comes with a price tag in addition to being the subject of shameful stares.

In accordance with Missouri statute (18 USC 13 and RSMO 304.010), the monetary fine for citations one to four mph over the posted speed limit is $50, six to 10 mph over is $75, 11 to 15 mph over is $100 and 16 to 19 mph over will cost you $175.

Violators caught driving more than 20 mph over the posted limit face a mandatory court appearance. Each fine also has additional processing fees.

It’s not just about the money. In 2014, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were 766 people killed and more than 47,000 personal injuries from vehicle accidents on Missouri roadways. Two hundred and forty-eight of the fatalities and 6,912 of the personal injuries were speed related.

Fort Leonard Wood’s Traffic Management and Collision Investigations section will be collecting data in the months to come. This input will help the Directorate of Emergency Services identify areas of the installation where speed continues to be an issue.

Drivers can expect a larger presence of MPs and DACPs in those areas to target those who are violating the posted speed limits.

Too many lives are lost each year from speed-related accidents.

By targeting speeding violators, we are determined to prevent any more serious or even fatal accidents from occurring.

Our quest is not to make a quota, but to serve as a reminder for drivers to stay alert while driving, watch for and obey all posted speed limits and other laws.

By doing so, you can avoid loss of some money and being the object of ridicule while sitting on the side of the road.

(Editor’s note: Atwood is the noncommissioned officer in charge of the traffic section, DES.)
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