Study: Speeding claims nearly as many lives as drunk driving

Posted at 6:52 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 12:52:06-04

For Maryland State Police Troopers, speed enforcement is a daily part of the job.

"A lot of our collisions could be avoided if speeds were reduced," said Trooper First Class Rebekah Lipsky.

The faster a car goes, the longer it will take to stop.  And that can mean the difference between life and death in a wreck.

New research from the NTSB found 112,580 people died in speed related crashes between 2005 and 2014.  That's nearly the same amount that lost their lives thanks to drunk driving.

Lipsky isn't surprised.

"Even with a marked police car and a fluorescent vest, you'll still see that they will come down here flying," she said.

Speeding is a common habit behind the wheel across the country.

Based on the study, the NTSB issued 19 safety recommendations including expanding the use of speed cameras, tracking drivers between two points to determine how fast they're going, equipping more vehicles with technologies aimed to slow traffic, and creating nationwide programs to emphasize the dangers of speeding.

The agency says speed limits need to be enforced to be effective.

"I do think more education for drivers would help them slow down,” Lipsky said.  “I think if they were to see just what kind of an impact, again, the five mile-per-hour off would be, I think that would help people slow down tremendously."