Drivers in the U.S. can reduce fatal accidents by 26 percent with one change in our driving habits. The NHTSA attributes 26 percent of all fatal accidents in the U.S. to speeding. Enough of an increase in driving speed can put drivers at a greater risk of an accident than drunk or drugged driving. More speed increases both the risk of an accident and the risk of serious injuries and fatalities.
Speed Limits: Not Arbitrary Numbers
Some people slip into thinking that a speed limit is just an arbitrary number painted on a sign. Some people believe that speed limits are too low, as a rule. Some people think speed limits are a guide, and that driving at a higher speed is not a big deal. Some habitually drive 5, 10, even 15 miles over the speed limit. But remember: driving 20 mph over the speed limit is reckless driving in Virginia.