Providence is a city located in Providence County, Rhode Island. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the US. But it makes up for its small size by providing some of the most beautiful scenery in the US. However, some residents are too busy speeding to enjoy the scenery.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation notes that speeding is a problem among Rhode Island residents. The most recent data (from 2017 to 2018) shows that speeding was a factor in more than 45 percent of Rhode Island traffic fatalities. From 2012 to 2016 speeding was a factor in only 38 percent of traffic fatalities.
The overall number of speed-related accidents increased as well. In 2016, there were only 23 speed-related accidents. But that number jumped to 41 in 2017. Statistics also show that Rhode Island drivers are more likely to speed on roads that have speed limits between 30 mph and 50 mph.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2018, 9,378 people died as a result of speeding-related accidents. And in 2017, speeding contributed to 26 percent of all traffic accidents.
Speeding is dangerous. Driving within the speed limit is the best way to safely reach your destination. And speed limits exist for the safety of everyone on the road. A defensive driving course can refresh your knowledge of local traffic laws. You’ll also become a safer driver, and more aware of your actions when you’re behind the wheel.