Missouri, Kansas speeders targeted in multi-state crackdown - KCTV5

Missouri, Kansas speeders targeted in multi-state crackdown

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The Missouri and Kansas highway patrols will be joining law enforcement officers across six states to crack down on speeding. (Graphicstock) The Missouri and Kansas highway patrols will be joining law enforcement officers across six states to crack down on speeding. (Graphicstock)
LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -

The Missouri and Kansas highway patrols will be joining law enforcement officers across six states to crack down on speeding.

As speed increases, the severity of the crash increases which could lead to fatalities and serious injuries.

Locally, officers are expected to focus their attention on both Interstate 70 and Interstate 35. The Missouri Highway Patrol plans to ticket anyone exceeding the speed limit. 

Most recent statewide statistics show that 318 people died in 2016 due to speed related accidents. 

Just over 7,200 people were injured in 2016 due to excessive speed. 

"Speed has been the leading cause of crashes in the state of Missouri. Efforts to reduce the speed obviously of those traveling should reduce the number of traffic crashes around," said Sgt. Ryan Smith with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The speed enforcement operation will be taking place now through Sunday at midnight. Kansas is also taking part in the operation.

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