In an effort to save lives, Nevada Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n! As part of Joining Forces, a statewide law enforcement program, law enforcement agencies throughout Nevada will be working overtime through June 21, 2015, enforcing speed limit laws.

“Speed plays a major factor in serious injuries and especially fatal crashes.” Says Trooper Loy Hixson with the Nevada Highway Patrol. “When the speedometer goes up, so does the possibility of a tragedy occurring should you be involved in a collision. With higher speeds, a driver will need more reaction time and definitely greater braking distance to stay safe.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speed was a factor in almost a third of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013. In addition, most of these crashes occurred during night-time hours, specifically between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Most motorists, however, do not believe speeding is as risky as other behaviors, but according to NHTSA, the consequences of driving too fast include:

 Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
 Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment
 Increased stopping distance when the driver perceives a danger
 Increased degree of crash severity leading to more debilitating injuries
 Unexpected economic and psychological implications of a speed-related crash