If you’ve lived in Arizona for long, you know that state troopers have never hesitated to ticket outrageous speeders. The Arizona Republic recently described an officer’s experience in ticketing a woman who blazed through a 55 zone at 80 mph. That’s nothing new.
But now the state’s highway patrol is looking to get tough on more moderate speeders, too.
The Republic reports that Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead recently issued a directive to his troopers all across the state, asking them to more aggressively pursue borderline speeders in addition to those who zoom by in double-digit excess.
The crackdown is a response to the 35% increase in the number of Arizona traffic fatalities this year — a startling statistic that the state takes seriously.
Specifically, Milstead’s order came one day after three people were killed in a rollover accident on Interstate 10 in late July (and mere hours after two others died in a crash on Interstate 17).
Speeding remains one of the leading causes of highway fatalities worldwide, and that is especially true here in Arizona, where vehicle deaths have skyrocketed.
As a longstanding Phoenix personal injury law firm, we have seen far too many wonderful Arizonans lose their lives to speeding, and the sooner that trend stops, the better. We implore our fellow community members to renew their commitment to cautious, careful driving. All of our lives depend on it.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an auto accident anywhere in Arizona, the experienced Phoenix car crash lawyers at Kamper Estrada, LLP can help. Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with our talented and impassioned attorneys.