The NHTSA found that speeding alone was a contributing factor in almost one third of all fatal crashes last year.
The danger of speeding is threefold:
- Speed reduces the reaction time drivers need to avoid crashes, which in turn increases the likelihood of crashing and the severity of accidents.
- Speed increases the distance needed to stop a vehicle.
- Speeding drivers also judge distances poorly and could put pedestrians at greater risk.
- Half of all speeding deaths occur on local, low-speed roads found around residential and business areas, despite their low-speed limits
- Local and collector roads have an almost triple fatality rate, when compared to Interstates
- Rural roads are particularly dangerous. 65% of all speeding-related deaths occur on rural roads
- Local rural roads are more dangerous than urban roads: Speeding deaths occur four times more on rural roads than on other roads
Think Safe, Stay Safe