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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Speed Management

speed odometer pictureSpeeding - traveling too fast for conditions or exceeding the posted speed limits - is a contributing factor in 26 percent of all fatalities. In 2020, there were 38,824 fatalities on our Nation's roadways, of which 11,258 were speeding-related - increased by 17 percent from the previous year. Speeding is a safety concern on all roads and for all road users. Although much of the public concern about speeding has been focused on high-speed Interstates, only 14 percent (1,344) occurred on interstate highways, rural and urban combined, while 86 percent of speeding-related fatalities occurred on non-interstate roadways. Speeding is a complex issue involving engineering, driving behavior, education, and enforcement. FHWA is the lead agency accountable for the engineering actions.

Last updated: Monday, September 26, 2022