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Federal Safety Watchdog Takes a Position on Speeding Drivers

Streetsblog USA breaks the news of a major policy departure for the National Transportation Safety Board: speeding kills, and every level of government must do more to counter the problem.
July 28, 2017, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Stephen Miller reports: "In a draft report released earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board says excessive speed is a deadly problem in our nation’s transportation system — one that federal and state officials aren’t doing enough to address."

The NTSB report includes 19 recommendations, covering ideas from how engineers set speed limits (the so-called 85th Percentile Rule), new technology that can warn drivers about speeding, and better enforcement. The recommendations "should be a wake-up call, especially to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), state legislatures, and transportation and police departments across the country," writes Miller.

According to Miller, the report represents a breakthrough for the agency that investigates plane and railroad disasters, only turning to automobile safety when it comes to impaired driving and seat belts. "Unlike driving drunk or not wearing a seat belt, which have been the subject of sustained national attention for decades, there’s little stigma against driving too fast," writes Miller. 

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Published on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in Streetsblog USA
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