But States Mostly Ignore Reforms


Seven years ago, highway safety leaders from around the U.S. gathered to adapt a strategy for attacking speeding — a problem that contributes to about one-third of all traffic deaths, reports USA Today. Since then, seven states have actually increased speed limits while two have increased speeding fines. In 2010, 10,530 people died in speed-related crashes.

Over the past decade, speeding has been the one area of road safety where advocates have had little success: Fatalities related to non-use of seat belts dropped 23% since 2000 and drunken-driving deaths 3%; speed-related deaths rose 7%. “There hasn’t been much done at the state level or the federal level on speeding” since 2005, says Barbara Harsha, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association Her group, which represents state highway safety offices, recently surveyed members to see what progress is being made on speeding and aggressive driving. The collective response: not much.

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