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 1995 2000 2001 2002 2003
TOTAL fatal crashes 39,161 45,284 39,196 39,836 (R) 37,241 37,526 37,862 (R) 38,491 38,252
Under 55 mph, total 15,233 20,079 19,278 19,136 (R) 17,439 17,054 17,582 (R) 17,651 17,024
5,10,15, 20, 25 mpha 2,617 2,865 2,504 2,234 (R) 1,893 1,827 1,919 (R) 1,897 1,827
30, 35 mph 6,099 8,527 7,890 7,756 (R) 6,681 6,079 6,260 (R) 6,090 5,868
40, 45 mph 4,276 6,256 6,812 7,092 (R) 6,938 7,315 7,576 (R) 7,784 7,574
50 mph 2,241 2,431 2,072 2,054 (R) 1,927 1,833 1,827 (R) 1,880 1,755
55 mph and above, total 16,095 20,352 18,871 19,749 (R) 19,140 19,735 19,416 (R) 19,898 19,854
55 mph 16,094 20,352 18,863 17,556 (R) 16,753 12,143 11,847 (R) 12,268 12,085
60 mph 0 0 2 18 16 1,163 1,221 (R) 1,270 1,346
65 mph 1 0 2 2,175 2,323 3,686 3,721 (R) 3,742 3,803
70 mph 0 0 3 0 38 2,230 2,116 (R) 2,027 2,032
Over 70 mph 0 0 1 0 10 513 511 591 588
Unknown, total 7,833 4,853 1,047 951 649 (R) 698 864 (R) 942 1,099

KEY: mph = miles per hour; R = revised.

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The National Maximum Speed Limit was repealed in late 1995; speed limits are again set by the states, some of which have raised their maximum speed limits to 70 mph or above.

SOURCES

1975-93: 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, Internet site http://www-fars.nthsa.dot.gov as of Nov. 19, 2003.

1994-2003: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Web-based Encyclopedia, Internet site http://www-fars.nthsa.dot.gov as of Oct. 6, 2004.