BEDFORD – Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department would like to announce the Spring Speed Campaign is underway.
The campaign started on March 6th and will run through March 22, 2020.
Sponsored by The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), the campaign will primarily focus on violators who are speeding. Bedford Police officers will be paroling areas throughout town in support of the campaign to help drivers to correct speeding and bad driving habits.
“Speeding endangers not only the life of the driver, but all of the people on the road around them, including law enforcement officers,” said Traffic Enforcement Officer Thomas Devine. “This program helps to foster a community of safer roadways for everyone.”
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities for more than two decades. In 2018, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities, killing 9,378, or more than 25 people per day on average.
Even when following the speed limits, residents are reminded to keep in mind other factors that affect their safety when driving, such as road conditions, weather, road construction and lighting.
NHTSA has created guides and toolkits to help spread the message about safe driving, including tips on what you can do if you encounter an aggressive driver on the road.