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Noteworthy Speed Management Practices

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Technical Report Documentation


1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Noteworthy Speed Management Practices

5. Report Date August 2020

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s) Neal Hawkins, Shauna Hallmark

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Institute of Transportation Engineers 1617 Eye Street NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20006

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No. DTFH6116D00055L

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Safety
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 2059

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA Contracting Officer's Task Order Manager: Guan Xu; ITE Project Manager: Lisa Fontana Tierney; ITE Technical Programs Associate: Niloo Parvinasahtiani; ITE Technical Publications Manager: Deborah Rouse

16. Abstract

Speeding contributes to over a quarter of all road trauma and is a persistent driving behavior that brings harm both to the vehicle occupants as well as other more vulnerable road users. In 2018, speeding related crashes resulted in 9,378 deaths which is a staggering 26 percent of all crash fatalities.

Agencies who want to address speeding are often faced with a lack of resources in setting appropriate speeds for conditions, pushback on changing speed limits, a lack of resources for countermeasures or enforcement, and restrictions or opposition to alternate long-lasting enforcement options such as safety cameras.

This report provides another avenue of information for practitioners in that it summarizes eight case studies which highlight noteworthy practices over a range of speed management issues.

17. Key Words Speed Management, Safety

18. Distribution Statement

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif, (of this page)


21. No. of Pages 41

22. Price