Through the month of March, the Eugene Police Traffic Safety Unit will be out enforcing speed on freeways where they have noted significant speeds, as well as some of the more heavily-traveled surface streets such as 1st, 6th, 7th, 11th, and 18th.
According to Impact Oregon, speeding fatalities have continued to rise over the past few years, rising a dramatic 17% from 2019 to 2020, and another estimated 5% from 2020 to 2021. Even with advancements in vehicle safety and passenger protection, people are not safe from the dangers of speeding.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020 there were 11, 258 people killed in speeding-related crashes, and speeding was a contributing factor in 29% of all fatal crashes nationally.
The funds from the Special Targeted Speed Enforcement Oregon Impact Grant allow for overtime funding for a period of intensive, high-visibility enforcement.
This traffic safety message and operation supports the City of Eugene Vision Zero goal. Vision Zero is an approach to transportation safety that aims to eliminate deaths and life-changing injuries caused by traffic crashes.