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Speed a Little. Lose a Lot.

​​​​​​​​Speeding is a major cause of injuries and deaths on North Carolina roadways. Consider these 2021 statistics: 

  • 424 people died in speeding-related crashes in North Carolina in 2021.

  • Speeding was a contributing factor in nearly 25 percent of all fatal crashes.

  • 91 percent of speed-related fatalities occurred on non-interstate roads; 9 percent occurred on interstate highways.

  • From 2017 to 2021, males made up the largest percentage (75 percent) of speed related crash fatalities. Males under the age of 39 account for nearly half of all speeding-related crashes.  

  • From 2017 to 2021, there was a 17 percent increase in speed-related crash fatalities.

  • From 2017 to 2021, 27 percent of speed related crash fatalities occurred in the Top 5 Counties (Mecklenburg, Guilford, Wake, Robeson and Cumberland)

The Governor's Highway Safety Program's Speed a Little. Lose a Lot. annual campaign reminds drivers of the dangers of speeding and the potential consequences: the loss of a life.

Dangers of Speeding

A crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or higher is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality as a crash where the speed limit it 45 or 50 mph, and nearly five times as likely as a crash where the speed limit is below 40 mph.


  • Reduces a driver's ability to negotiate curves or maneuver around obstacles in the roadway
  • Extends the distance traveled before a vehicle can stop
  • Increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a hazard
  • Increases the risk of crashes and injuries, because other vehicles and pedestrians might not be able to judge distance correctly

9/28/2023 11:11 AM