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Speeding

General Statistics

  • In 2011, speeding was a factor in more than half (52 percent) of fatal crashes with a teen behind the wheel, nearly the same percentage as in 2008.1
  • Speeding increases the stopping distance required to avoid a collision even as it reduces the amount of time a driver needs to avoid a collision (called the 3-second rule). It also increases the likelihood that the crash will result in injury.2
  • Among crashes attributed to a critical teen driver error, 21 percent of serious teen driver crashes were due to driving too fast for road conditions.3
  • Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and to allow shorter headways (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next.4
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Source:

  1. 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. 2011 Fatality Analysis Reporting System, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); teendriversource.org
  3. Curry AE, Hafetz J, Kallan MJ, Winston FK, Durbin DR. Prevalence of Teen Driver Errors Leading to Serious Motor Vehicle Crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention. April 2011.
  4. Teen Drivers: Fact Sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 2011.
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