speeding is one of the most common
factors in motor vehicle crashes in the US, it is an underappreciated problem,
involved in about 10,000 highway fatalities each year according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
More than 112,500 people
died in speeding-related US highway crashes from 2005-2014. This is roughly equal to the number who died
in alcohol-involved crashes over the same period. However, speeding gets far
Graph showing the total and Speeding-Related Traffic Fatalities, 2005-2014.
In a speeding-related
crash, there is a greater chance of being injured and the injuries are likely
to be more severe or fatal.
The public is less aware of the risks of speeding compared
with other risky driving behaviors. There is also less social stigma surrounding
speeding than, for example, drinking and driving.
“Substantial reductions in highway crashes
cannot be achieved without a renewed emphasis on the impact of speeding,” said NTSB
Director of Research and Engineering Jim Ritter. “Lowering speeding-related highway deaths
requires more effective use of countermeasures to prevent these crashes.”
The NTSB will publicly discuss a new safety study on passenger
vehicle speeding July 25. The study examines proven and emerging countermeasures
that can reduce the impact of speeding, but that are currently underused or
ineffectively used. It will focus not only on speed enforcement, but also on
how speeding is defined and how speed limits are determined.
Additionally, the study will highlight the scope of
speeding-related passenger vehicle crashes, illustrate the risks of speeding
and address some common misconceptions about speeding.
The NTSB meeting to discuss the findings of the safety study will
be held at the NTSB Board Room
and Conference Center.