How Many People Speed, and How Dangerous Is It? New Report Reveals Details

By | December 19, 2013
Whether you drive a Pagani Zonda or a Toyota Corolla, we are all tempted to speed, or so it seems. A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals what people really think about speeding, how many people claim to do it, and how dangerous it may be. According to the National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behaviors, only one out of four drivers admit to speeding. Really? The study also found almost half (48 percent) of all drivers say that something should be done to reduce speeding on U.S. roads. In addition, 91 percent of drivers say "everyone should obey the speed limits." Perhaps the key word is "should." In other statistics, only 2 out of 3 drivers pulled over for speeding actually receive a ticket, the survey found. Most drivers (four of five) agree that driving near or at the speed limit is less dangerous and reduces the risk of crashes.
While it may seem incredulous that so few people seem to speed, according to the survey, the hard facts don't lie. The practice is particularly dangerous for drivers aged 16-20, one-tenth of which have been involved in a speeding related crash. Also, speeding accounts for about one-third of all traffic fatalities each year, or about 10,000 lives. Source: NHTSA