NSC Statement on the Correlation Between Raising Speed Limits and Roadway Fatalities

NSC Statement on the Correlation Between Raising Speed Limits and Roadway Fatalities

NSC urges states and municipalities to prioritize adoption of speed cameras and automated enforcement to save lives.

​Itasca, IL – "The National Safety Council is saddened to read new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showing increased speed limits resulted in 33,000 deaths between 1993 and 2013. This research may confirm the long held concern that when we raise speed limits, we see an increase in fatalities.

"Speed contributes to nearly 10,000 deaths each year. Yet we repealed a national speed limit in 1995, creating a patchwork system that has left motorists more vulnerable to high-speed crashes.

"The National Safety Council strongly urges states, cities and municipalities to study this report and its implications on current speed limits, and to prioritize the adoption and use of speed cameras and automated enforcement, which has been proven to save lives, while ramping up traditional enforcement tactics.

"Getting somewhere 5 minutes faster is not worth a life. We know how to effect change. It is our responsibility to put that knowledge to use."


*This statement attributed to Kelly Nantel, vice president of communications and advocacy at NSC.

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