NHTSA Finds Speeding an Issue on U.S. Roads

By | December 13, 2013
You can’t go five minutes driving on the road without someone speeding by you. We can pass this off as someone being late for something, or that they’re just driving recklessly. According to a recent survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one in five drivers have admitted to getting where they’re going as fast as possible. The National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior found that nearly half of all U.S. drivers feel that speeding is a major concern, and that speeding-related deaths account for a third of all car fatalities each year. Added up, around 10,000 lives a year are lost due to this issue. “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 Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary. All roads have clearly marked speed limits, but that doesn’t deter the majority of drivers. More than a quarter of all drivers surveyed have owned up to speeding, saying “speeding is something I do without thinking,” or “I enjoy the feeling of driving fast.” It’s thoughts like these that make our roads unsafe, especially when another sixteen percent of drivers feel that “driving over the speed limit is not dangerous for skilled drivers.” But that means nothing if there’s a driver speeding who doesn’t know how to handle those high speeds.
The majority of those who speed fall into the 16-20 year age group, and have reported at least one speeding-related accident in the last five years. Teen drivers are definitely more at risk than any other age group, and because of this, the NHTSA has launched the “5 to Drive” campaign to challenge parents to talk about the five critical driving practices with their teens – no speeding, no calling or texting, no alcohol, no extra passengers, and to always use a seatbelt. Safety officials have stepped up on speed management, who have increased public awareness of this issue, as well as more strongly enforcing laws related to speeding. It’s important for drivers of all ages to understand the consequences of speeding, whether or not they feel they are a skilled driver or not. Source: NHTSA