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Police cracking down on speeding during Independence Day

Posted at 3:41 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 18:41:46-04

Police in the Las Vegas valley are cracking down on speeding during the 4th of July.

As part of Joining Forces, a statewide law enforcement program, more law enforcement officers will be on the roadways between June 29 through July 13.

“Historically, Nevada on the Fourth of July holiday has been deadly," said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Buratczuk. "Thankfully in the last couple of years we have been able to reduce highway deaths with high visibility enforcement campaigns."

According to the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, higher speeds increase the stopping distance for vehicles and lead to more severe crashes. Since the effectiveness of protection equipment in cars goes down as speed goes up, drivers also greatly increase their chances for debilitating injuries or death in high-speed crashes.