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Dangerous Driving?


August 17 at 3:00 a.m. a deputy checked a vehicle on U.S. 36 near Mooresville at 104 in a 65.  Vehicle stop and driver identified as Nichole Lynn Bell, 37, Wichita Kansas was arrested for the alleged Speeding and Driving While Suspended.  Ms. Bell posted bond and was released on the two summons with an October court date.

August 15 at 1:00 a.m. a deputy checked a vehicle on U.S. 36 near LIV 255 at 100 in a 65.  The vehicle was stopped and the Chicago Illinois driver was found to be transporting a female he claimed was pregnant and having a baby.  Deputy explained he just passed Chillicothe and there is a hospital here.  Driver explained they were going to Springfield Illinois hospital only.  Stop resulted in the arrest of Paul A. Long, 63, Chicago, IL.  Mr. Long posted bond and released with summons and a September 23 court date.  Note: No one wanted local medical services and the female occupant of the vehicle never complained or appeared to be in pain or discomfort.

Public Safety Information:

A Google search provided the following velocity rates at respective Miles per Hour (MPH):

65 MPH = 95.33 feet per second

100 MPH = 146.667 feet per second

104 MPH = 152.533 feet per second.

Consider at 90 MPH a reasonable estimate is to travel an additional 198 feet during driver reaction time and then another 386 feet of braking to come to a stop.  This is a total of 584 feet you would travel in your vehicle if you had an urgent need to stop on the roadway when driving 90 MHP.

Vehicles are like 4,500 pound (or more) bullets.  The old saying of "Speed Kills" was about speeding vehicles and still is true.  A speeding driver can ruin many lives in fractions of a second.

Please consider the velocity some people travel on our roadways and give thought to the diminished reaction time and much longer braking distances.  Add to it that a driver is responsible for the safety of not only themselves but those in their vehicle including the unborn and their actions can impact the life and safety of every other person on or near the roadways.

Please share this with the drivers in your home and those who are about to become licensed drivers.  As a law enforcement officer we have seen too many injured and killed due to excessive speed.

Our goal is to see everyone get home safe each day.


Sheriff Steve Cox

Note:  All persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a Court of Law.  A stop, citation and/or arrest is merely an allegation and nothing more.



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