A common refrain after a car crash in New Hampshire is that people drive too fast. Now, the state is going to try and to discourage speeding.

The state Office of Highway Safety and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began their 2023 Speed Prevention Campaign, which will put law enforcement on "higher alert" for speeders. It will be at the officer's discretion whether or not to issue a summons.

"Speed limits aren’t a suggestion, they are the law," the NHOHS said in a statement. "Obeying posted speed limits keep drivers and passengers safe."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says speeding is responsible for more than one-quarter of all traffic-related fatalities nationally.

In 2020, there were 11,258 people killed in speeding-related traffic crashes across the United States, a 17% increase in speeding-related crash fatalities from 2019-2020, with another projected 5% increase from 2020 to 2021. In New Hampshire, from 2017-2021, speeding was a factor in the deaths of 241 people.

"Take your time on New Hampshire roads, for rushing only leads to regrets,” said New Hampshire State Police Lt. Christopher Storm

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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