The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a report on speeding and passenger vehicle crashes. While NTSB has investigated speed as a contributing factor to specific crashes in the past, this is the first time that NTSB has investigated speed as it relates to crashes in general.
The focus on speed is long overdue – there were 112,580 speed-related deaths between 2005 and 2014. NTSB should be applauded for thinking about how to prevent speeding related crashes in the future.
The main conclusion of the report is that speed increases both the risk of a crash and the severity of injuries when crashes occur. NTSB issued 19 recommendations for decreasing the prevalence of speeding related injuries, including the following: increasing automated enforcement, improving speeding related data collection, increasing the availability of intelligent speed adaptation on new vehicles, reconsidering the 85th percentile rule of thumb, and increasing the use of the safe systems approach to design in urban areas.