Excessive Speeding In Metro Area Still Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

Excessive Speeding In Metro Area Still Above Pre-Pandemic Levels
Courtesy of NSP.

OMAHA – For those commuting around the Omaha and Council Bluffs area may have noticed excessive speeding of 100 mph as Troop A with the Nebraska State Patrol has been looking to get those drivers off the road.

According to a release from the Nebraska State Patrol, NSP is joining these neighboring agencies and organizations to take a stand against speeding in the metro area.

The Iowa and Nebraska Departments of Transportation, the city of Omaha and more than 20 agencies and organizations are asking motorists to watch their speed by joining their voices together in a public education campaign to emphasize that following posted speed limits is critical to driver, passenger, pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Throughout the week of January 24, drivers may have noticed seeing messages related to “Speeding Awareness Week” on social media, digital ads and dynamic message signs around the metro and both states. As traffic volumes have rebounded from an initial decline during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, speeding has remained a serious issue.

From 2015 – 2019, NSP Troop A would make 120 citations of over 100 mph. In 2020, that statistic jumped up 58% being 189 citations and just this last year in 2021 decreased to 146 citations of over 100 mph (still 22% above pre-pandemic numbers).

NSP officials say their troopers in Omaha have been focused on excessive speeding for the last several years and have seen a dramatic increase at the start of the pandemic. This partnership is meant to highlight that following posted speed limits not only makes your trip safer, but also has an impact on others sharing the road.

Speeding, both “casual” and excessive, can result in serious losses of time, money, and, most importantly, human life. That’s why, as part of Speeding Awareness Week, every partner agency encourages drivers to slow down and follow the posted speed limit.

While areas across the country are dealing with excessive speeding issues, Omaha and Council Bluffs metro area agencies are hoping to combat the problem with an educational campaign before traffic volumes increase even more during the spring and summer months.

Information about the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area’s Speeding Awareness Week can be found at: slowdownmetro.com.