According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding endangers everyone on the road: In 2016, speeding killed 10,111 people, accounting for more than a quarter (27%) of all traffic fatalities.
We all know the frustrations of modern life and juggling a busy schedule, but speed limits are put in place to protect all road users. Learn about the dangers of speeding and why faster doesn’t mean safer. In its annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, AAA found many consider drunk driving socially unacceptable but the same cannot be said for speeding:
1. 50.3% of motorists reported driving 15 mph over the speed limit on a freeway.
2. 47.6% reported driving 10 mph over the speed limit on a residential street.
3. 42.7% admitted to driving through a stoplight that has just turned red when they could have stopped safely in the past 30 days.
— Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council