Consider this. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding killed 9,717 people in the United States in 2017. That indicates that the lives of 26 percent of the those killed in traffic-related crashes might have been spared if someone simply slowed down.
But honestly, fatalities can rarely be traced back to just one bad behavior. People who tend to have a lead foot also tend to not wear seat belts. For 2016, NHTSA reports 49 percent of speeding drivers in fatal crashes were also unbelted.
We’re all busy and need to get from one place to another. A little planning can go a long way to improve safety on our roads. Consider leaving a few minutes earlier than normal and driving the speed limit. We’ll all be safer that way.
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For 2019, there have been 89 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of eight since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 316. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf.