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Speeding, traffic deaths still an issue

Posted On Tue, March 20, 2012

The Governors Highway Safety Association found that speeding still causes many traffic-related deaths, and the figure is not dropping.

During 2010, more than 10,500 people were killed in car crashes blamed on speeding, according to "Survey of the States: Speeding and Aggressive Driving." Since 2000, traffic deaths blamed on speeding has risen 7 percent, despite other aspects falling. Not using a seat belt dropped by 23 percent and alcohol-related deaths fell 3 percent.

"Not having enough officers available to conduct speed enforcement, when this form of aggressive driving is so prevalent, makes it difficult to convince offenders that speeding is unacceptable," said Troy Costales, chairman for GHSA.

The report added that seven states still have some speed limits as high as 85 miles-per-hour. On the other hand, only Connecticut increased fines for all drivers who speed, while Wyoming created larger fines for commercial speeders.

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