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How to discourage speeding, according to the NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board has shown that speeding is the cause behind the increase in traffic deaths in the U.S. It has released a report showing how 31 percent of traffic deaths between 2005 and 2014 involved speeding. This comes out to 112,580 deaths, slightly less than the number of DUI-related fatalities during that same period. Drivers in Illinois will want to know what the NTSB proposes as ways to discourage speeding.

The first proposal is to create more severe punishments for speeding so that they equate to those of drunk driving. The NTSB notes that speeding does not have a cultural stigma surrounding it the same way that DUI or driving without a seat belt does, and that raising public awareness about the dangers may reduce traffic deaths. Other recommendations include the use of enforcement tools like speeding cameras and a change in speed limits so that they match those speeds with the lowest crash involvement rates.

Many cities are striving to reduce pedestrian and bicyclist deaths through methods like lane reductions. These "road diets" have met with complaints from other drivers and even proposals for a ban from officials. Boston is one city that has succeeded, though, in making several areas safer through new crosswalks, bike lanes, and speed bumps.

People who have been injured in a car wreck caused by a speeding motorist often face the need for extensive and costly medical care and treatment, and some are unable to return to work for prolonged periods. They might want to ask an attorney to seek compensation for these and other expenses through negotiating a settlement with the at-fault driver's insurance company.

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