The High Rate of Speeding Fatalities on Local RoadsSeptember 7, 2017
When it comes to speed-related fatalities, one might assume that most of these wrecks occur on interstate highways. However, according a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study, speed-related car accidents are three times more likely to occur on local roads. The study points to high speed limits and outdated methods for determining them as the cause of over 10,000 high-speed accidents on local roads across the country. Effective speed enforcement tactics can help drastically reduce the incidence of serious high-speed accidents and the injuries and fatalities that they can cause.
Among the speed enforcement approaches that the study followed, traffic cameras were one of the most effective ways to prevent speeding. According to Kathleen Ferrier, Communications Director for Vision Zero Network, reducing speed is critical to achieving the goal of zero speeding-related fatalities, which Vision Zero Network hopes to achieve. While there has been national support on this issue, more aggressive steps need to be taken to reduce speeds on local roads.
Highlights From the Study
- There were 112,000 speed-related fatalities between 2005 and 2014, which accounted for 31 percent of all traffic fatalities.
- Sixty-four percent of the fatalities were the drivers who were speeding. Twenty percent were passengers.
- Forty percent of the people injured in speed-related accidents were occupants of the vehicle that was not speeding, pedestrians, or bicyclists. This accounted for more than 336,000 people in 2014 alone.
Surveys reviewed by the NTSB indicated that respondents agreed that all drivers should obey the speed limit at all times. According to one study, 87 percent of drivers said that it is unacceptable to exceed the speed limit by 20 miles per hour. However, 27 percent of those responders admitted that speeding is something they do without even thinking about it. Over 40 percent said that if they drive at or near the speed limit, they cannot keep up with the regular flow of traffic. A survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that 45 percent of respondents said that they exceeded the speed limit that week.
Speeding Accidents Are Preventable
Unfortunately, according to Ferrier, people do not take the issue of speeding seriously enough. These fatal injuries are preventable, but only if people are willing to make the appropriate changes.
Traffic cameras have been particularly effective, but many states have not passed laws on traffic cameras due to privacy issues. Scott Bricker, Executive Director of Bike Pittsburgh, hopes to see more traffic cameras. People are less likely to walk or ride a bike – particularly in urban areas – if motorists are driving too fast on local roads. In addition to providing pedestrians and cyclists with safer streets, traffic cameras and other prevention efforts can save lives.
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