Speeding


Click Here to View the ADECA Special Study Report on the Analysis of Speed-Related Crashes.

NHTSA considers a crash to be speeding-related if any driver in the crash was charged with a speeding-related offense or if a police officer indicated that racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was a contributing factor in the crash. 

There were 35.092 traffic fatalities in 2015. Among them, 9,557 (27%) were in crashes where at least one driver was speeding.

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Operation Southern Shield: ALEA, Law Enforcement Crack Down on Speeders
WSFA: A warning for drivers: Slow down! The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is teaming up with local law enforcement offices across Alabama and the Southeast July 16 through the 22 for a campaign to reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities caused by driving at excessive speeds.

The safety campaign is also being conducted in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee, which along with Alabama, make up the NHTSA's Southeast enforcement region. 

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Alabama Tops List of Deadly Speeding-Related Crashes
WSFA: Alabamians need to pump the brakes after a national research firm says the state ranks third in the country in relation to speeding-related vehicle fatalities. 

The study found that there are 6.52 speeding-related deaths per 100,000 residents in Alabama. In 2016, the state saw 317 such deaths.

The Alabama ranking in this articles was based on 2016 calendar year data, which was an outlier for Alabama. According to Alabama 2017 data, there were 223 speed fatalities, which results in a rate per 100 thousand population of 4.67. This would raise Alabama in the rankings to 9th, and this number is consistent with 2013-2015 data. 

Compounding the speeding issue is a major trooper shortage in Alabama. The state has 342 troopers on the road for the entire state.

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Speed and Crash Risk
International Traffic Study Data and Analysis Group: This study aims to document objectively the relationship between vehicle speed and crash risks. It assesses to what extent recent changes in speed limits or the wide-scale introduction of automated speed enforcement have moderated actual average speeds, and whether this has delivered the safety impacts that theoretical models of the relationship between speed and crashes suggest. The cases analysed come from ten countries: Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United States. The report was prepared by the ITF’s permanent working group on road safety, the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD)....

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Toward Greater Understanding of the Relationship between Perceptions of Speed Laws & Safety
Click Here to View the Roadway Safety Institute's Report on Toward Greater Understanding of the Relationship between Public Perceptions of Speed, Speed Laws, and Safety 

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Reducing Speeding-Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles
In this safety study, the NTSB examines cause of and trends in speeding-related passenger vehicle crashes and countermeasures to prevent these crashes. The countermeasures presented represent several, of many, potential solutions to the issue of speeding-related crashes. They do not address every cause of speeding or type of speeding-related crash, but they are intended to be widely applicable to a significant portion of these crashes.

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More Speed Cameras Needed to Cut Road Deaths
Bloomberg: A U.S. safety watchdog called for broader use of traffic cameras to catch speeding drivers, as it said driving too fast is an under-reported cause of traffic fatalities.

Inconsistent reporting by law enforcement causes the factor to go under-reported, according to a summary of a National Transportation Safety Board report set for release Tuesday. That masks the full scope of speeding’s role in deadly crashes for policy makers and police trying to combat the more than 30,000 annual U.S. traffic fatalities, according to the report.

Speeding -- either driving faster than posted limits or faster than road conditions allow -- was linked to 112,580 U.S. traffic fatalities from 2005 through 2014, or 31 percent of all traffic deaths during that period, on par with drunk driving-related deaths.

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NHTSA #SlowDown
The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new web site inviting you to join the global campaign to #SlowDown and save lives.

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