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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 2020 statistics: 

  • There were 416 speed-related deaths and 18,332 speed-related crashes.
  • Speeding was a contributing factor in 25 percent of all fatal crashes.
  • 91 percent of speed-related fatalities occurred on non-interstate roads; 9 percent occurred on interstate highways.
  • From 2016 to 2020, males made up the largest percentage (75 percent) of speed related crash fatalities.
  • From 2019 to 2020 there was an 11 percent increase in speed related crash fatalities.
  • From 2016 to 2020, 27 percent of speed related crash fatalities occurred in the Top 5 Counties (Mecklenburg, Guilford, Wake, Cumberland and Robeson)
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

3/26/2021 5:45 PM