Since the COVID-19 pandemic began more than a year ago, law enforcement agencies across the nation have reported an alarming rise in speeding and fatal crashes.
To combat this disturbing and dangerous trend, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Region 5 Office are partnering with five other states on a regional traffic safety campaign. As part of the “Great Lakes, High Stakes” campaign, more than 30 municipal, county and Michigan State Police (MSP) law enforcement agencies will focus on speeding drivers between June 19 and 27.
Recent insurance industry studies show that about 112,000 speeding tickets are issued each day, or about 41 million per year. The average fine for a speeding violation is between $115-$135. Out of male drivers involved in all traffic crashes in 2020, 6.4 percent were speeding. 5.2 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding. 11.2 percent of drivers in the 15- to 20-year-old age group involved in crashes (4,650 out of 41,685) were speeding. Out of all drivers who were drinking in crashes, 15.1 percent were speeding.
Nationally in 2019, 9,478 traffic fatalities involved crashes in which one or more drivers were speeding