Speeding among motorists is a national problem, survey finds

03/03/2014 11:03 AM

03/03/2014 6:37 PM

Motorists know speeding is against the law, but they do it anyway to “get where I am going as fast as I can,” AAA’s magazine Midwest Traveler reports.

The April edition quotes National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior.” It noted that nearly half of all drivers surveyed said speeding is a problem.

Even 91 percent agreed that “everyone should obey the speed limits because it’s the law.” However, more than a quarter of the people surveyed admitted to “speeding is something I do without thinking,” and “I enjoy the feeling of driving fast.”

Even scarier for careful motorists is 16 percent of people in the survey said “driving over the speed limit is not dangerous for skilled drivers.” The problem is who determines which driver is skilled from those who are reckless? It’s why there are speed limits.

In the survey, male drivers admitted to speeding more than female drivers. Drivers ages 16 to 20 also admitted to speeding more frequently than drivers in other age groups.

Here’s also why insurance rates for young drivers are higher. More than than one in 10 drivers age 16 to 20 in the survey reported at least one speeding-related crash in the last five years, compared with 4 percent for the population as a whole.

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