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Speed & Safety
Speed is a contributing factor in approximately 30% of fatal accidents.1
Children are eight times more likely to die if hit by a motor vehicle going 30 mph vs. one going at 20 mph or less.2
Pedestrian injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages five to fourteen. Each year 650 pedestrians ages fourteen and under die in traffic accidents.2
In 2001, more than 47,300 children ages fourteen and under were treated in hospital emergency rooms for pedestrian-related injuries.3
Speeding in residential neighborhoods represents the single greatest complaint to police departments and city council representatives throughout the United States.3
In a nationwide survey of 27 cities conducted in 2000, National Safe Kids Campaign found two-thirds of drivers exceeded the posted speed limits in school zones during the 30 minutes before schools started and 30 minutes after dismissal.
NHTSA provides suggestions to help communities develop a school transportation safety program. The organization believes local government should work towards passing legislation that increases penalties for speeding in school zones.1
Speeding extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle. A vehicle being driven at 30 mph requires more stopping distance than a vehicle being driven at 20 mph.1
A car being driven at 20 mph requires 69 feet to stop.1
A car being driven at 30 mph requires 123 feet to stop.1