Roadside Chat - 85 is the humidity, not the speed limit

8-18 humidity not speedAre you running late? Don’t try and make up time behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it’s not a new problem. NHTSA says speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities over the last two decades.

Speed also affects your safety even when you are driving at the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as during bad weather, when a road is under repair, or in an area at night that isn’t well-lit.

Speeding endangers not only the life of the speeder but all of the people on the road around them, including law enforcement officers. It is a problem we all need to help solve.

In Iowa in 2022, speeding drivers were involved in

  • 37 percent of all crashes
  • 59 percent of fatal crashes

This news story aired earlier this year, but the repercussions of speeding continue to be relevant today.

So far this year in Iowa, 230 people have been killed in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of 10 since last Friday. In Iowa in 2022, there were 338 traffic-related deaths. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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