A new study released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that car accident fatalities related to speeding are three times more likely to occur on local roadways than on heavily trafficked highways and interstates. Speeding accidents claimed the lives of 112,000 people from 2005 to 2014, and injured another 336,000 passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists in just the year 2014 alone.
Researchers for the NTSB study claim that obsolete speed limits and dated methods for setting them are the main reasons that there are so many fatal speeding accidents on local roads. Individual states set their own speed limits on local roads and a standardized system for doing so does not exist. A common way to determine a speed limit in a number of states is to establish the average speed that 85 percent of vehicles on that road travel. This antiquated method of calculating a safe speed limit does not take into consideration the fact that drivers commonly travel above the posted speed limit.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) survey recently showed that while 87 percent of drivers felt it was unacceptable to travel 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, 27 percent of these people admitted to doing it. Almost 50 percent of those surveyed claimed it was difficult to keep up with traffic if they traveled at the posted speed limit. Another survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that 45 percent of respondents admitted they had driven over the speed limit within the past seven days.
The NTSB found that speed cameras were the most effective tool in enforcing speed limits on local roads. These cameras are commonly found at intersections and on heavily traveled roads, and they are programmed to capture the license plate of vehicles found to be speeding. The license plate is then used to identify the driver, and a ticket is issued and sent to the registered address.
Safety officials are urging local governments to invest in strict enforcement of local speed limits. Some suggest that treating speeding with the same level of enforcement as drunk driving will ensure the safety of all those traveling on local roadways, specifically pedestrians and bicyclists. As speed limits are enforced and local roadways become safer, they believe more people will be encouraged to walk or bike to their destinations, which is not only good for the health of the community, but for the environment as well.
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