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In Eugene, super speeders will earn expensive tickets. High speeds on our local roads are dangerous. During two hours on April 2, Eugene Police’s Traffic Safety Unit found multiple vehicles going 80 m.p.h. or higher. At 3:15 p.m., one driver was clocked at 114 mph on Beltline near Barger. This type of speeding is ridiculously unsafe, especially in an urban area with limited sight line due to roadway elevation and curves. 

To put this hazard in context, a vehicle traveling 100 m.p.h. will cover about half the length of a football field in the same amount of time it takes most people to take one step. In the time it takes the average person to perceive and react to a hazard, a 100 m.p.h. vehicle will have covered almost 240 feet — that doesn’t include additional distance to brake or safely steer around another occupied vehicle. 

Eugene’s TSU will be out patrolling and looking for violators. Speeding citations are an unnecessary expense to those who receive them and can be completely avoided by simply following the posted speed limits. Depending on speed, fines can be in excess of $1,000 and may be enhanced with suspended driving privileges. If you injure or kill someone with your speeding, you may end up in prison. However, a collision will cost you and those around you significantly more – more than 300 Oregonians lose their lives each year in avoidable traffic collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost a third of traffic fatalities are speed related. Even with advancements in vehicle safety and passenger protect, people are not safe from the dangers of speeding. 

Please… slow down, buckle up, avoid driving distractions, and leave the driving to someone else if you’ve been drinking!

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