According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017, speeding killed 9,717 people, accounting for more than a quarter (26%) of all traffic fatalities that year. In New York State, about 30 percent of all traffic fatalities list speeding as a contributing factor. Proactive and targeted speed enforcement is a method to reverse this trend and reduce deaths and injuries due to crashes.
Speeding is more than just breaking the law. The consequences are far-ranging:
- Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
- Reduced effectiveness of seat belts and car seats
- Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger
- Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries
- Economic implications of a speed-related crash
- Increased fuel consumption/cost
Save Money: A speeding fine could cost you over $1,000.
Save Your License: Speed violation points range from 3 to 11. Your license will be suspended at 11 points.
Save Gas: According to www.fueleconomy.gov, each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas
Remember, speeding is a serious driving behavior that contributes to nearly one-third of the fatal highway crashes in New York. Speed enforcement is designed to save lives by reducing speeding. Is it worth risking your life or someone else’s to save a minute or two on your trip?
Highway Safety Program Representative
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 410B
Albany, NY 12228