NHTSA Survey on Speeding Attitudes and Behavior
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just issued a press release on speeding attitudes and behavior in drivers across America. A survey gauging the attitudes and behaviors about speeding uncovered both some encouraging and disturbing information. The good news is that most people think speeding is a dangerous problem that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of drivers who report speeding and speeding-related crashes.
National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior
• Speeding-related deaths account for nearly a third of all traffic crash fatalities each year.
• One in five drivers admits “I try to get where I am going as fast as I can.”
• About four out of five drivers believed driving at or near the speed limit makes it easier to avoid dangerous situations and reduces the chances of a crash.
• 91 percent of people surveyed agreed that “everyone should obey the sped limits because it’s the law.”
• 48 percent of those surveyed said that something should be done to reduce speeding on U.S. roadways.
Who is Most at Risk for Excessive Speed behind the Wheel?
It may or may not come as a surprise that male drivers admitted to speeding more often than females. Additionally, drivers with less experienced admit to speeding more frequently than older drivers. In fact, drivers from the age of 16 to 20 years old admit to driving with excessive speed far more often than drivers of other age groups. Additionally, 11 percent of drivers in that age group reported having at least one speeding-related crash in the past five years. It’s important to note that some of those drivers haven’t even been behind the wheel for that long. In comparison, only about four percent of the population as a whole reported at least one speeding-related crash in the past five years.
Celebrity Death Linked to Excessive Speed
According to CNN, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office has said that speed was a factor in the crash that killed actor Paul Walker and his friend, race-car-driver Roger Rodas. Ironically, Walker’s death happened during the production phase of the seventh “Fast and the Furious” movie. While excessive speed is certainly something that has been glamorized in Hollywood, not even the most well trained drivers can safely maneuver at such dangerous speeds. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members, friends, loved ones and fans of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas.