Traffic Fatality Rates Linked To Higher Speed Limits

 Thursday, April 14, 2016

 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

If Vision Zero is the destination, higher speeds are slowing us down. A new IIHS study shows that increases in speed limits over two decades have cost 33,000 lives in the U.S. In 2013 alone, the increases resulted in 1,900 additional deaths, essentially canceling out the number of lives saved by frontal airbags that year. "Although fatality rates fell during the study period, they would have been much lower if not for states’ decisions to raise speed limits," says Charles Farmer, IIHS vice president for research and statistical services and the author of the study.
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