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Delaware to Crack Down on Speeding in 2014


REHOBOTH BEACH, De. - It's something that most have experienced. When the music is playing loudly, and the mind starts to travel, it's easy to speed while driving. But in Delaware, doing so could land the driver a ticket, as the state has vowed to crackdown on aggressive driving in 2014.

The Office of Highway Safety will provide grants to police agencies in the new year to combat this aggressive driving. The money will be spent on overtime shifts where the officer's sole responsibility will be to stop speeding in Delaware. Allison Kirk from OHS said it's a big issue in the first state.

"Speeding has caused a lot of injuries," she said. "Over 1,000 injuries over the last three years."

WBOC dug through the numbers to find out just how big the issue is in Delaware. Between 2010 and 2012, there were 1,151 injuries including 104 fatalities. Kirk said over the last three years, there has been improvement in some areas of risky driving, but speeding has stayed at a similar if not worse level.

"We've seen anywhere from a two to three percent increase over the years for DUI related crashes," she said. "But we keep seeing a constant number for speeding related injuries and fatal crashes."

Tom Rigney of Milton said this is no surprise to him. He loads his groceries into the back of his Ford pickup. He said, there was a time that he would speed, but now he has slowed down and thinks others should do the same.

"People are moving from one lane to another," he said talking about the cars he sees on a daily basis. "They're not paying attention to what they're doing. And they're actually taking everybody's life in to their hands."

And these risks make the threat of tickets worth it to Rigney.

"I think it's a good idea," he said. "I just will make sure I'm not one of those people they're ticketing."

According to statistics from the Office of Highway Safety, there are many different types of aggressive driving, but the most dangerous is speeding. Kirk said it accounts for more than a quarter of the accidents.

Most of these speed-related accidents, approximately 30 percent of them, happened on local roads. And the main time period for these accidents is during rush hour, both in the morning and at night. However the most common hour for fatal accidents is between one and two in the morning. 

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