Alabama Ranks Third in Country for Speed-Related Deaths
ALABAMA – July 24, 2018 (timesdaily.com) As reported online on timesdaily.com, Alabama has the third-highest number of vehicle accident deaths related to speeding.*
According to the U.S. Department of Highway Traffic Safety, 317 speed-related deaths occurred in Alabama in 2016. This places Alabama third in the country for speeding fatality accidents, with a death rate of 6.52 per 100,000 residents in the state.
The only states in the country with higher rates were South Carolina — at 7.68 speeding-related deaths per every 100,000 residents — and New Mexico — at 6.97 speeding-related deaths per every 100,000 residents. Montana was fourth — 5.85 speeding-related deaths per every 100,000 residents — and New Hampshire was fifth — 5.77 speeding-related deaths per every 100,000 residents.
Cpl. Bill Burke of the Quad-Cities State Troopers Post said he was not surprised to see the figures in the area. “Speed is one of the things we see the most violations of,” he said. “We can be sitting in a construction zone with lights flashing, and someone will speed through it.”
One factor Burke and other safety experts suggest might be contributing to the amount of speeding is the new technology in cars. “Cars drive so smooth, people get comfortable and just don’t think they are going that fast,” Burke said. “And that’s when they can have a crash.”
Last year, Alabama and Georgia were among five states that created Operation Southern Shield, a speed-enforcement program designed to address the number of speed-related traffic fatalities in the United States. During the program, law enforcement officers in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina spend a week focused on pulling over and citing drivers who break speed limits. Georgia just wrapped up its second Operation Southern Shield on July 22.
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