UNION, NJ - Union police say they will be cracking down on speeding drivers throughout the month of October.

According to Union police, speed has been identified as a key risk factor in injuries from motor vehicle accidents, influencing both the risk of a road crash and the severity of the injuries that result.  There were 9,378 speeding related fatalities in 2018 in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Union police say they will allocate additional resources to conduct speeding enforcement throughout October.  Enforcement will focus on areas identified through crash data analysis as well as areas in town that have significant pedestrian traffic.

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"Our streets and roads need to be safe for pedestrians and motorists alike," said Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio.  "Our pedestrian safety initiative will remind motorists that speeding will not be tolerated in our Township."

Police say the goal of the project is to increase safe driving awareness and, when appropriate, issue a summons to any individual operating their vehicle in an unsafe manner.  The Union Police Department said they conduct multiple traffic safety projects throughout the year, including pedestrian safety, driving under the influence programs, and speeding and distracted driving enforcement projects.