National Safety Council Statement on NTSB Report, Reducing Speeding-Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles

NSC, Road to Zero coalition, embrace countermeasures identified in report

*This statement can be attributed to Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Safety Council president and CEO *

Itasca, IL – "The National Safety Council applauds the National Transportation Safety Board for examining the correlation between speed and motor vehicle crashes in its new report, Reducing Speed-Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles. Speed is a pervasive killer; year after year, we lose nearly 10,000 people because drivers refuse to ease up on the accelerator. It is not only those behind the wheel or in the vehicle who are killed in these crashes. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are also victims of our cultural need to get somewhere quickly rather than safely."

"NTSB has constructed a roadmap to help us slow down and save lives. The National Safety Council and the Road to Zero coalition are focused on the proven countermeasures included in the NTSB report, and we encourage federal, state and local leaders to embrace these solutions as well. If we work together, our cultural novocaine will start to wear off and we will see speeding for what it is – a deadly habit. More often than not, driving faster will not hasten our arrival; instead it may accelerate a disaster."

*This statement can be attributed to Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Safety Council president and CEO *


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