Alabama ranks 3rd in the US for speeding-related fatalities
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —
Odds are pretty good that every single one of us has gone above the speed limit at one point or another. Speed can and does kill. A new study ranks Alabama as the third deadliest state for speeding-related fatalities.
AAA spokesperson Clay Ingram tells ABC 33/40's Amber Grigley, this is not surprising at all. He says most people believe they are good drivers who do their best to drive safely, but there are many who are breaking the rules.
"In addition to speeding here in Alabama, distracted driving in Alabama...you combine those two things with the fact that a lot of drivers still not wearing their seat belts. It's literally a recipe for disaster," said Ingram.
It's an unwanted reality that is weighing heavy on many Alabamians.
"It's very sad," said Virginia Shirley.
"Every time you turn on the news or read in the paper, this accident happened, that accident happened," said Jerry Albano.
In the state, speed-related fatalities rank higher than DUI fatalities.
"The volume of traffic is so much higher now that more cars are on the road than ever before. So your margin of error for making a mistake is smaller and we're just not adjusting to that increase level of danger very well," said Ingram.
Ingram says the state loses about 1,000 lives per year in car accidents alone. He says two thirds of those victims were not wearing a seatbelt.
Alabama follows New Mexico, and South Carolina as the third deadliest state in the country when it comes to speeding-related fatalities.
"I've always said this, the dangerous thing that we do in our entire day is drive. When we get in that car, we have to be very aware," said Shirley.
There are 6.52 speeding-related fatalities per 100,000 residents, according to ValuePenguin. Ingram says drivers should put forth more effort to be safer on the roads, especially during the sumer.
The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day sees the most fatalities, Ingram says.