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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Speed Management

speed odometer pictureSpeeding - traveling too fast for conditions or exceeding the posted speed limits - is a contributing factor in 29 percent of all fatalities. In 2022, there were 42,514 fatalities on our Nation's roadways, of which 12,151 were speeding-related. This represents a decrease of 3 percent from 12,498 speeding-related fatalities in 2021. Additionally, there were an estimated 300,595 people injured (13% of total people injured) in speeding-related traffic crashes in 2022. Speeding is a safety concern on all roads and for all road users. Although much of the public concern about speeding has been focused on high-speed interstates, in 2022 only 13 percent (1,637) occurred on interstate highways, rural and urban combined, while 87 percent of speeding-related fatalities occurred on non-interstate roadways. Speeding is a complex issue involving engineering, driving behavior, education, and enforcement. FHWA is the lead agency accountable for the engineering actions.