Speeding and Aggressive Driving

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Speeding – defined as "exceeding the posted speed limit, driving too fast for conditions, or racing" – is a dangerous driving behavior that is often overlooked.

GHSA Policy

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Despite progress in other areas, such as increased seat belt usage and fewer drunk driving deaths, speeding continues to be a contributing factor in a significant number of roadway fatalities. In 2015, there were 9,536 people who died in speeding-related crashes (27% of all fatalities).1

Speeding is often one component of aggressive driving, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines as "committing a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property." Some states have passed aggressive driving laws that delineate these actions, such as: speeding; red light running; failure to yield; following too closely; improper passing; etc.

To make progress toward zero deaths on our nation's roadways, both speeding and aggressive driving deserve the same emphasis as occupant protection and impaired driving programs

States are combating speeding and aggressive driving in several ways, including increased data-driven enforcement, technological advances, and public information and education programs that focus on the dangers of aggressive driving, provide tips for safe driving or publicize upcoming enforcement programs.

GHSA recommends that states address speeding through aggressive driving enforcement and through targeted enforcement in school and work zones, since both these approaches have a higher degree of public support.

In addition, GHSA encourages NHTSA to: sponsor a national high-visibility enforcement campaign on speeding and aggressive driving; promote best practices in automated enforcement strategies; and sponsor a national forum on speeding and aggressive driving to bring experts together to develop an action plan and share tools and best practices.

1 National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2016, August). 2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview (Traffic Safety Facts Crash•Stats. Report No. DOT HS 812 318). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812318

Facts & Figures

34 States Have 70+ MPH


Setting speed limits has traditionally been the responsibility of states. GHSA tracks speed limits for both urban and rural interstates, as well as other limited access roads. The term aggressive driving covers a range of unsafe driver behaviors. State laws define what constitutes aggressive driving and stipulate the related fines and penalties.

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