Survey of the States
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This report details efforts to control speeding by motorists. It comes ten years after Congress repealed the National Maximum Speed Limit (NMSL), which required states to keep maximum speed limits at 65 mph in rural areas and 55 mph in urban areas. It summarizes efforts to reduce speeding-related fatalities and provides a snapshot of individual state countermeasures.
Of the 50 GHSA jurisdictions that responded, 38 indicated a speed limit increase since 1994. Given the tremendous gains in safety belt use coupled with the increasingly safe design of vehicles, states should have experienced a significant decline in speeding-related fatalities. However, statistics show speeding-related fatalities have remained fairly level since NMSL was repealed, which indicate that safety benefits have been minimized by increasing speeds.
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- Executive Summary [195 KB, 10 pgs.]
- Download the Full Report [627 KB, 96 pgs.]
- News Release: Speeding a Serious Problem 10 Years After National Speed Limit Repeal (June 13, 2005)
Survey Responses by State or Jurisdiction
Reponses compare speed limits from 1994 and 2004 and include information on the proportion of speeding-related crashes in the state. All documents are in pdf format.