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Report: Drivers pay less attention to speed limit signs

Posted On Tue, October 18, 2011

A recent report from PEMCO showed that many drivers in the Northwest United States depend on a "buffer zone" to avoid getting pulled over by police officers when driving over the speed limit.

Approximately 66 percent of Oregonians reported that they believe they can drive over the speed limit and not be pulled over, even if they are seen by police. A total of 90 percent of Washington drivers noted that they drove over the posted highway speed limit at least once. The buffer zone is over the speed limit but under what a driver thinks will get them pulled over.

"Oregon's lower freeway speed limit, set at 65, may explain why Oregon drivers think there's a higher tolerance for speeding," said PEMCO spokesperson Jon Osterberg. "Regardless, data shows that speeding causes more crashes and fatalities."

Consumers may want to obey all government-posted signage on the road in order to make driving safer for them and other drivers. However, due to some people still driving unsafely, it may be a good idea to ensure that a person's insurance covers enough in the event of a disaster. Comparing auto insurance quotes will likely make sure that a person can find the lowest costing plan with good coverage. 

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