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Nearly Thirty Percent of Traffic Deaths from Speeding, says NHTSA
If all drivers would slow down and observe the speed limit nearly 3,000 lives would be saved according to the latest traffic statistics released from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nationwide, nearly thirty percent of traffic deaths are a result of speeding.
What is more striking, however, is the attitude that many drivers have towards speeding. In its National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior , twenty percent of respondents admitted that, "I try to get where I am going as fast as I can." Also, data from the NHTSA survey revealed that the majority of drivers that admitted to speeding were 16-20 year-old males. In addition, ten percent of young adults reported being involved in at least one crash as a result of speeding. "We all have places we need to go, but it's never the right decision to put ourselves, our families and others in harm's way to get there faster," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
While some drivers feel the need for speed, nearly every driver that participated in the survey, 91%, agreed that all drivers should obey the posted speed limit. Nearly half believe that more should be done to reduce speeding. The New York City Council, for example, is considering legislation that would reduce the speed limit down to 20-25 miles per hour on many city streets. Other cities and towns across the nation are looking for ways to change attitudes and behaviors towards speeding to save lives in their communities.