Nebraska State Patrol will join agencies from five other states to crack down on speeding drivers

Motorists enjoying the first colors of fall are advised to leave their lead foot at home this weekend.

The Nebraska State Patrol will join participating law enforcement agencies from Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma in a Regional Speed Enforcement Campaign. Troopers will be on the lookout for motorists operating above the speed limit on Saturday and Sunday.

“We are excited to partner with our fellow law enforcement agencies to draw attention to the need for voluntary compliance as we work to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes,” said Col. Brad Rice, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Increasing visibility in a six state area for a concentrated period of time will help to raise awareness and encourage motorists to obey all traffic safety laws.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 27 percent of crash fatalities in 2015 were related to a driver exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions. The Nebraska Department of Roads said that more than one out of every 20 Nebraskans were convicted of speeding on state roads in 2015.

The State Patrol will conduct high-visibility patrols on high-traffic corridors to include Interstate 80, state highways and county roads during the enforcement effort.