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Survey of the States

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Published 2005

Survey of the States - Speeding cover
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This report details efforts to control speeding by motorists. It comes ten years after Congress repealed the National Maximum Speed Limit (NMSL), which required states to keep maximum speed limits at 65 mph in rural areas and 55 mph in urban areas. It summarizes efforts to reduce speeding-related fatalities and provides a snapshot of individual state countermeasures.

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Issue Brief

Of the 50 GHSA jurisdictions that responded, 38 indicated a speed limit increase since 1994. Given the tremendous gains in safety belt use coupled with the increasingly safe design of vehicles, states should have experienced a significant decline in speeding-related fatalities. However, statistics show speeding-related fatalities have remained fairly level since NMSL was repealed, which indicate that safety benefits have been minimized by increasing speeds.

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Survey Responses by State or Jurisdiction

Reponses compare speed limits from 1994 and 2004 and include information on the proportion of speeding-related crashes in the state. All documents are in pdf format. PDF icon