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Two-Thirds of US Drivers Break the Law Behind the Wheel

A fifth do it on a daily basis.

by on Sep.03, 2014

One in five drivers breaks traffic laws on a regular basis with speeding being the most common infraction.

It might seem like just a minor infraction, nudging the speedometer a few miles an hour over the limit. Or maybe you’ve hit the gas, instead of the brake, when the stoplight was about to turn red.

The reality is that the overwhelming majority of American motorists routinely break the law while driving, about one in five doing so on a daily basis, according to a new survey. Two out of three motorists admit they’ve broken the law at one time or another.

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No surprise, perhaps, speeding is the most commonly broken law, but a significant number of those who participated in the survey by also admitted driving under the influence of alcohol. (more…)

Even Speeders Back Speed Laws, Finds New Survey

The thrill is gone?

by on Dec.16, 2013

A new study finds Americans have a paradoxical attitude about speeding.

While millions of Americans routinely admit to driving above the speed limit, nearly half of all motorists say speeding is a problem and the vast majority – including many chronic speeders – believe “everyone should obey the speed limits because it’s the law, according to a new national survey.

Despite increasing efforts to crack down on speeding, federal data suggest that it remains responsible for as much as a third of the traffic fatalities on roads each year, or nearly 10,000 lives annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has released results of its third “National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior.”

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“The need for speed should never trump the need for safe and responsible driving,” David Strickland, the outgoing NHTSA administrator, said in a statement. “Motorists who drive at excessive speeds put themselves and others at an increased risk of being involved in a crash and possibly of being injured or killed.”

The study, which relied on telephone interviews involving more than 6,000 U.S. households in 2011, found Americans hold a paradoxical attitude on speeding.  It found that a significant percentage of Americans routinely drive at or over the speed limit – something most motorists likely can confirm anecdotally on almost any American freeway.


Are American Drivers Really Speed Demons?

New study says we talk fast but stay close to the speed limits.

by on Jan.21, 2010

Some of the nation's fastest and slowest roads.

Americans like to talk a fast game, but while we may like to believe we’re always pushing the limits, a new study suggests most drivers stick closer to the speed laws than we might think.

While motorists do run up average speeds over the posted limits in a few states, most stay under the limit, according to data collected though the Speed Profiles database compiled by TeleAtlas, the mapping unit of portable navigation manufacturer TomTom.  The report analyzed historical records gathered anonymously, over the last two years, from millions of GPS systems in use on U.S. roadways.

The tattletale systems reveal that the fastest stretch of highway in the U.S. is I-15, running through Utah and Nevada.  The average speed is 77.67 mph, but in some unpopulated stretches, the speed limit actually is set at 80.

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On a regional basis, the fastest part of the country isn’t out in the open West but, rather, in the American heartland.  TomTom reveals that 7 of the fastest 15 states are Mississippi, Kansas, Iowa, Iaho, Alabama and Missouri, where speeds average just over 67 mph.  The big surprise?  The typical speed limit in those states is 70.


Smile For the (Speed) Camera!

Radar camera maker nabbed by his own gear.

by on May.08, 2009

So-called "safety cameras" have become the bane of British speeders, including the man whose company builds the devices.  He was clocked at 103 mph.

So-called "safety cameras" have become the bane of British speeders, including the man whose company builds the devices. He was clocked at 103 mph.

Some folks wind up being hoisted on their own petard.  In Tom Riall’s case, he’s been nailed by his own camera.

The 49-year-old Riall is  chief executive of the home affairs division for the British company Serco, and one of their best-known, if most-reviled, products is the radar-triggered camera that’s been used to catch countless U.K. traffic offenders as they push past the local speed limits.

Now, the list of scofflaws, it turns out, includes Riall, who was snapped doing just short of 103 mph in his blue Volvo wagon on the A14 Motorway, near Suffolk, about an hour outside London.

Ironically, it was the third time the balding executive was captured playing fast and loose with the speed laws, which are being more and more heavily monitored in the U.K. after years of lax enforcement.  Cameras made by companies like Serco have made it easy to catch speeders, though many drivers are aware of where the fixed monitors are positioned and know when to slow down.    (more…)