Slow the Fast Down: Public Encouraged to Follow the Speed Limit Statewide Speeding Campaign Will Run through Nov. 29th

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Slow the Fast Down: Public Encouraged to Follow the Speed Limit
Statewide Speeding Campaign Will Run through Nov. 29th
Rialto, Calif. – A new statewide initiative encourages drivers to, "Slow the Fast Down" and understand the dangers of speeding.

The Rialto Police Department supports efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety to address an emerging traffic safety issue; speeding.

"In the last several months we have seen a disturbing increase in both illegal street racing and the dangerously high speeds being driven by daily commuters on our roadways." Rialto Police Chief Mark Kling said. "When excessive speed is applied to a collision it is an irrefutable fact that the faster the vehicle is traveling at the point of impact, the greater the chance that one, or all of the occupants involved will sustain life-threatening injuries."

Excessive speeding went way up during the beginning of stay-at-home orders in March. Between March 19 and April 30, CHP officers issued 4,000 citations for speeding over 100 miles per hour, more than double (113%) from last year despite a steep decline in traffic volume.

"All of our roadways have speed limits that have been set for the safety of all commuters," Chief Kling said. "Please be responsible and drive within those limits."

Speeding remains one of the main causes of crashes: in the federal fiscal year 2017-18, speed was a factor in approximately 31% of all fatal and injury crashes in California.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

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