Troopers say “obey the sign or pay the fine” as they crack down on speeding

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Six State Highway Patrols are cracking down on speeding this weekend and say there will be zero tolerance for anyone caught going over the legal limit.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching a multi-state campaign this weekend called "Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine."

"You have a speed limit and they want to go over that no matter what it's set at," said Susan DeCourcy with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "People need to know that they are set for reasons based on engineering studies and that it's a safety factor, and people need to obey the sign or pay the fine."

Six state Highway Patrols are participating in the campaign including Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma. In total there are 226 agencies and more than 5,700 miles of roadway being covered with the campaign.

"Speeding contributes to so many crashes," DeCourcy said. "And if I mentioned earlier, 94-percent of the time the crash is the human factor. It's the human element that caused the crash. By taking a simple precaution of lowering your speed to the speed limit it can help save lives."

Patrolman say there will be zero tolerance for anyone caught going over the legal limit.