Speeding on Local Streets
When you think of getting pulled over for speeding, or seeing people speeding it is on a highway. You probably picture the same highway or interstate round you. However, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the speeding-related fatality rate is three times higher on local streets. This begs the question, what is being done to change this, and how are cities enforcing speed limits.
According to the NTSB, there are 3.8 deaths per million vehicle miles on local streets, compared to 1.2 deaths per million miles on highways. You can see how disproportionate this is. Unfortunately according to the NTSB, local communities are usually unable to take any real action because of outdated state and federal laws.
Leah Shahum, the director of a nonprofit working with NTSB to eliminate traffic fatalities said, “People in cities are disproportionately impacted by outdated thinking around managing speed for safety, safe streets, not speedways, must be the new norm if we are to prevent the 10,000 speed-related deaths and $52 billion in economic losses each year.”
Some cities are cutting down on local speeding, and in turn roadway fatalities by installing cameras on these local roads. For example:
New York City: They installed cameras in 2013 and lowered the speed limit in 2014 from 30 mph to 25 mph. This reduced fatalities by 23% in the last 3 years.
Montgomery County, Md.: They installed cameras in 2007 and saw a 59% drop in the likelihood of a driver exceeding the speed by more than 10 mph and a 19% lower fatality or serious injury rate.
The IIHS estimates that if communities all around the U.S. had similar programs, over 22,000 fatal accidents or injuries could have been prevented on roads with 25-35 mph speed limits in 2015.
Other Recommendations by the NTSB to curb local speeding include:
- Modernizing speed-setting standards to account for all road users
- Have states and cities use automated sped enforcement as it is proven to be effective in managing speed and safety
- Incentivize states or localities that have speed management programs, increase federal attention to make speed a national safety priority.
If you were injured in a speeding accident, call us today. We can help you figure out your next steps.