FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2021
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Statement by Jonathan Adkins, Executive Director, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today’s news that Tiger Woods was driving about 40 miles per hour over the posted speed limit before his crash in February is yet another example of the dangers of speeding and the need for a concerted and comprehensive national effort to eliminate speeding on America’s roads.
The COVID-19 pandemic has helped draw increased attention to drivers’ long-running love affair with speeding. However, states continue to report disturbing levels of excessive speeding and fatal crashes even as traffic levels begin to return to normal – a troubling trend amid rising speed limits and an increase in overall traffic fatalities during the first nine months of 2020.
This pressing road safety problem necessitates a thorough solution. It will take a comprehensive approach that utilizes all available tools – including equitable traffic enforcement, more safely constructed roadways and public education and engagement – to eliminate the preventable deaths and injuries caused by speeding. Curbing our deadly need for speed requires a collective effort from national, state and local leaders. Tiger Woods’ crash should remind us all of the dangers of speeding and the need to slow down the next time we take to the road.
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