Drivers Believe Speeding Is a Problem, But Do It Anyway, Survey Shows | Edmunds

Drivers Believe Speeding Is a Problem, But Do It Anyway, Survey Shows


Just the Facts:
  • Nearly half of all drivers believe speeding is a problem on U.S. roads, but do it anyway, a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study revealed.
  • In the National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior, one in five drivers surveyed admitted: "I try to get where I am going as fast as I can."
  • However, 91 percent of those surveyed agreed with the statement: "Everyone should obey the speed limits."

WASHINGTON — Nearly half of all drivers believe speeding is a problem on U.S. roads but do it anyway, a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study revealed.

In the National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior, one in five drivers surveyed admitted: "I try to get where I am going as fast as I can."

Speeding-related deaths nationwide account for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities each year, with nearly 10,000 deaths.

While 91 percent agreed with the statement "everyone should obey the speed limits because it's the law," more than a quarter of those surveyed admitted "speeding is something I do without thinking" and "I enjoy the feeling of driving fast."

They may also think they are better drivers, granting them a green light in their minds.

Sixteen percent felt that "driving over the speed limit is not dangerous for skilled drivers."

Still, drivers feel speeders need to be held accountable. Almost half of all drivers, 48 percent, said that it was very important that something be done to reduce speeding on U.S. roads.

"We all have places we need to go, but it's never the right decision to put ourselves, our families and others in harm's way to get there faster," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, in a statement. "This is another reminder, as the busy holiday season approaches, to obey speed limits, reduce speed in inclement weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely."

Edmunds says: A good reminder to slow down, especially during the bad-weather months.

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