- Speeding: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2011, 9,944 lives were lost due to speed-related accidents, down 5 percent from 10,508 in 2010. Speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes in 2011. In 2011, 39 percent of 15- to 20-year-old and 37 percent of 21-to 24-year old male drivers who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash. NHTSA says that speed-related crashes cost Americans $40.4 billion each year.
- In August 2012 Texas approved an 85-mile per hour speed limit on 41 miles of new toll road between Austin and San Antonio. The road was specifically designed and tested for high-speed travel, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Utah’s maximum speed limits are 80 miles per hour. Thirty-five states have a top speed limit of at least 70 miles per hour.
- Drunk Driving: In 2011, 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes (any fatal crash involving a driver with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher), down 2.5 percent from 10,136 in 2010. 2011 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. (See Drunk Driving, Insurance Issues Updates.)
- Drunk Driving and Speeding: In 2011, 42 percent of intoxicated drivers (with a BAC at or above 0.08 percent) involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared with 16 percent of sober drivers.
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