PHILADELPHIA, PA - Speeding tickets are a multi-billion dollar business. Politicians seeking to justify so many citations frequently use statistics that show that "speeding" is among the most common causes of traffic collisions in the United States. Not true.
Data from NHTSA's own Fatality Analysis Reporting System have demonstrated that only about 2% of fatalities are the responsibility of drivers exceeding the speed limit.
Since there is no speeding crisis, why the push to municipal arm police with RADAR? For the money.
Four commonly held but inaccurate statements about speed limits:
• Lowering a posted speed limit will slow down traffic.
• Lowering a posted speed limit will increase safety and decrease the number of crashes.
• Raising the posted speed limit increases traffic speed.
• Drivers will always travel at five mph over the posted speed limit.
Most motorists choose a speed at which they feel both comfortable and safe.
The speed at which 85% of motorists travel is called "prevailing speed." Prevailing speed is the primary consideration when setting speed limits. Why? Because it is the safest.
In Pennsylvania, posted speed limits are 8 to 16 mph below the prevailing speed 90% of the time (FHwA data), making almost everybody a "speeder" liable for a $170+ ticket. RADAR will ticket people doing nothing harmful and endangering no one.