"Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine" campaign begins

By Keith Boles - bio | email feedback

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department is stepping up it's crackdown on speeders and joining in a state wide "Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine" campaign.

Sgt. Steve McDaniel of the Jonesboro Police Department says the new plan for JPD is "…stop[ing] and ticket[ing] anyone caught speeding especially in residential and high traffic areas where most of our speed-related crashes occur."

Occasionally all of us drive over the speed limit.

"There are speeders in Jonesboro." Says Sgt. George Martin of the departments traffic division. His gray Dodge Charger has all the latest tools to catch and ticket those who break the traffic laws or to investigate accidents. Many of them caused by speed.

Martin, "We do have our spots where speeders cause accidents and crashes and do tend to be a problem. And that's mainly on the highways."

Martin says those highways that radiate out from Jonesboro see a lot of high speed accidents.

Martin, "When an accident does occur out there it's normally a major accident because cars that are involved are normally at highway speeds. You know if they weren't speeding they would have been able to make that stop or not trying to beat that light where they are speeding up causing an accident. We have quite a few."

Martin says during the campaign drivers can expect to see more police cars on the roads. "A bigger presence, we'll have officers coming in on overtime through the STEP grant where they'll be working mainly enforcing speed limits running radar."

S.T.E.P. is a nationwide program that gives departments funds for traffic enforcement. The campaign is also targeted to make drivers understand that speed really does play a huge part in fatal accidents on both highways and city streets.

Martin says a lot of residential streets  which see a lot of traffic will also see a lot of patrol.

Martin, "Those are a lot of areas where we do receive a lot of complaints about speeding. And that's one of our goals is to get officers in those areas."

Recently the city has acquired a portable speed monitor. On Friday it was sitting out alongside Woodsprings road. It's flashing numerical sign showing drivers how fast or slow they were driving.

There is a traffic division, but remember every police car has radar.

Martin, "We do a lot of radar but that's not the only thing we do. Depending on time of day you may be looking for different things. You may be watching a stop sign, watching an intersection.

The campaign starts Monday and runs for a week...and if you are traveling take note.

Martin, "It's going to be a nationwide effort to try to decrease speed which will in turn decrease accidents."

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