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Wednesday
Dec112013

Survey Finds Young and Male Drivers More Guilty of Speeding

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A new survey released Wednesday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds some groups are speeding more than others while driving. In the National Survey of Attitudes and Behavior, "nearly half of drivers surveyed say speeding is a problem on our nation's roads, and one in five drivers surveyed admitted, 'I try to get where I am going as fast as I can.'" 

NHTSA says speeding-related deaths in the U.S. make up nearly a third of all traffic fatalities each year, "taking close to 10,000 lives."

According to the survey, male drivers admit to speeding more than female drivers. The least-experienced, 16- to 20-year-olds, admitted to speeding the most. In fact, one in 10 drivers in that age range reported at least one speeding-related crash in the past five years.

“We all have places we need to go, but it’s never the right decision to put ourselves, our families and others in harm’s way to get there faster,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “This is another reminder, as the busy holiday season approaches, to obey speed limits, reduce speed in inclement weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely.”

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