NHTSA New Safety Campaign Takes Aim at 5 Harrowing Speeding Statistics

NHTSA New Safety Campaign Takes Aim at 5 Harrowing Speeding Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) kicked off a new safety campaign this summer to bring awareness to the dangers of speeding. The campaign aims to educate drivers and change how they think about speeding. COVID-19 catalyzed speeding into a national crisis, as fewer cars on the roads made it easier to drive at unsafe speeds.

NHTSA reported that drivers also view speeding as less risky than other dangerous driving behaviors, such as driving in inclement weather, driving while distracted, or driving while impaired. They have a more casual outlook on speeding and fail to consider the depth of the hazards it poses.

NHTSA built its latest safety campaign to combat the following troubling statistics:

  1. Nationwide speeding-related fatalities increased by 15% from 2019 to 2020
  2. Speeding killed close to 12,000 people in 2021, making it one of the primary causes of roadway fatalities
  3. Speeding fatalities aren’t a highway-specific issue, as 87% of speeding fatalities occurred on non-interstate roads in 2020
  4. Pedestrian fatalities due to speeding among children under the age of 15 more than doubled between 2018 and 2020
  5. Faster state-mandated speed limits claimed 37,000 lives over the past 25 years

Traffic deaths leaped by 10.5% from 2020 to 2021, with crashes killing nearly 43,000 people. Speeding didn’t cause all those fatalities, but it was a contributing factor in many. NHTSA’s campaign aims to eliminate preventable and unnecessary speeding-related deaths. Contact Interstate Motor Carriers to learn more about reducing your fleet’s risks.