Table 2-28: Motor Vehicle Fatal Crashes by Posted Speed Limit

Table 2-28: Motor Vehicle Fatal Crashes by Posted Speed Limit

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  1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
TOTAL fatal crashes 39,161 45,284 39,196 39,836 36,937 34,942 35,780 R36,799 R37,789 R38,041 R37,876 R37,631 37,140 37,526 R37,862 38,309
Under 55 mph, total 15,233 20,079 19,278 19,136 17,507 16,827 16,985 R17,361 R17,849 R17,765 R17,673 R17,424 16,963 17,054 R17,582 17,413
5,10,15, 20, 25 mpha 2,617 2,865 2,504 2,234 2,097 1,911 1,895 R1,947 R1,943 R1,964 R2,012 R1,913 1,863 1,827 R1,919 1,851
30, 35 mph 6,099 8,527 7,890 7,756 6,908 6,696 6,759 R6,738 R6,871 R6,614 R6,542 R6,200 5,946 6,079 R6,260 6,025
40, 45 mph 4,276 6,256 6,812 7,092 6,608 6,345 6,454 R6,792 R7,086 R7,260 R7,312 R7,519 7,245 7,315 R7,576 7,703
50 mph 2,241 2,431 2,072 2,054 1,894 1,875 1,877 R1,884 R1,949 R1,927 R1,807 R1,792 1,909 1,833 R1,827 1,834
55 mph and above, total 16,095 20,352 18,871 19,749 18,630 17,450 18,144 R18,830 R19,278 R19,587 19,388 R19,451 19,373 19,735 R19,416 19,778
55 mph 16,094 20,352 18,863 17,556 16,543 15,444 15,980 R16,644 R16,891 R14,224 13,034 12,640 12,184 12,143 R11,847 12,209
60 mph 0 0 2 18 9 4 9 13 16 523 935 1,073 1,069 1,163 R1,221 1,256
65 mph 1 0 2 2,175 2,078 2,002 2,155 2,173 2,323 3,214 3,311 3,421 3,537 3,686 R3,721 3,703
70 mph 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 38 1,282 1,633 1,835 2,079 2,230 R2,116 2,019
Over 70 mph 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 344 475 482 504 513 R511 591
Unknown, total 7,833 4,853 1,047 951 800 665 651 608 R649 R688 815 756 804 737 R864 939

KEY: mph = miles per hour.

a The "No Statutory Limit" speed limit designation is included in this category.

NOTES

In 1974, Congress enacted a national maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour (mph). Amendments in 1987 and 1991 allowed states to increase speed limits to 65 mph on rural Interstates and similar highways.

The National Maximum Speed Limit was repealed in late 1995; speed limits are again set by the states, some of which have raised their maximum speed limits to 70 mph or above.

SOURCE

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts 2000, DOT HS 809 337 (Washington, DC: December 2001), table 30, and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Web-based Encyclopedia available at http://www-fars.nthsa.dot.gov as of Nov. 19, 2003.