NHTSA proposes study of speeding drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on July 6 published a notice (.pdf file) requesting permission from the Office of Management and Budget to study drivers' motivations for speeding.

According to NHTSA, speeding is one of the primary factors leading to motor vehicle crashes. In 2008, 31 percent of all fatal crashes were speeding-related. Driving at higher speeds reduces a driver's ability to avoid obstacles or react to sudden changes in the roadway environment and increases crash severity.

Researchers are proposing to conduct follow-up focus groups with 72 participants from an earlier study conducted in Seattle and College Station, TX.

Comments on the proposal must be submitted by Aug. 5.

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