U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

Speeding Counts Numbers

Type of Resource: Document
Publisher: Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Report Number (if applicable):
Year: 2001

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Resource LinkFile on CD  SpeedCountsNumbers.pdf
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Resource Abstract:

Almost one of every three traffic fatalities is related to speeding, and speeding is a safety concern on all roads, regardless of their speed limits. However, much of the public concern about speeding has been focused on high-speed Interstates. The Interstate System actually has the best safety record of all roads and the lowest fatality rate per mile traveled. As Figure 1 below illustrates, almost 50percent of speeding-related fatalities occur on lower speed collector and local roads, which carry only 28.1 percent of the total vehicle miles traveled in the United States.* Collectors usually have legal speed limits of 55 mi/h or less. Speed limits on local roads are often 35 mi/h or lower.

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