According to a recent survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half of drivers say speeding is a problem in the U.S.
Speed-related deaths account for nearly a third of all traffic deaths yearly, taking close to 10,000 lives. The latest National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior gives national estimates of behavior and attitude toward speeding in the U.S. The survey also found that one in five drivers admitted, “I try to get where I am going as fast as I can.”
The survey also revealed that about four out of five drivers believed driving at or near the speed limit makes it easier to avoid dangerous situations, ultimately reducing the chances of a crash. An overwhelming majority of 91 percent agreed with the statement that “everyone should obey the speed limits because it’s the law.” Of those surveyed, 48 percent also said that it was very important that something is done to reduce speeding on U.S. roads.
Male drivers admitted to speeding more than female drivers in the survey while drivers between the ages of 16-20 admitted to speeding more frequently than any other age group.
“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 U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This is another reminder, as the busy holiday season approaches, to obey speed limits, reduce speed in inclement weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely.”