FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that despite the risks, approximately 70% of American drivers report speeding at least some of the time.
Each year, speeding kills about 10,000 people and is responsible for nearly 30% of all motor vehicle deaths in the United States.
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Here is a summary of the data for Fort Wayne from 2013-2017:
• Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding: 30.9%
• Annual speeding-related fatality rate: 3.2 per 100,000
• Total speeding-related fatalities: 42
• Total traffic fatalities: 136
Here is a summary of the data for the entire United States from 2013-2017:
• Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding: 27.7%
• Annual speeding-related fatality rate: 3.0 per 100,000
• Total speeding-related fatalities: 48,940
• Total traffic fatalities: 176,400
Speeding-Related Deaths in Fort Wayne down 50% among teen drivers since 2005
Since 2005, the speeding-related fatal accident rate has decreased nationwide by about 34%, from 4.2 to 2.7 per 100,000 people in 2017.
While speeding-related deaths among adult drivers declined slightly during that time, those among teenagers fell dramatically.
Between 2005 and 2017, the number of speeding-related fatalities per 100,000 teenagers dropped from 13.2 to 5.8—results that experts partially attribute to increased seatbelt use and decreased drinking and driving.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that since 2005, the proportion of teens who reported not wearing a seatbelt was cut in half.
In addition, the share of teens who reported riding with a drunk driver fell by 42%.
Despite improvements to the speeding fatality rate at the national level, there is significant regional variation.
To determine which cities suffer the most from speeding-related fatalities, researchers at 360 Quote analyzed data from the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System for the period 2013-2017.
They found that speeding tends to account for a higher percentage of traffic fatalities in the Southeast and Midwest.
The analysis found that 30.9% of traffic deaths in Fort Wayne involve a speeding driver.
Historically, rural roads have had higher posted speed limits, which correlate to higher rates of speeding and higher fatality rates.