NHTSA reports speed was factor in more than 25% of La. deadly crashes in 2013

NHTSA reports speed was factor in more than 25% of La. deadly crashes in 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speed was a factor in crashes that killed 193 people in 2013.

Officials said speeding accounted for at least 27 percent of traffic deaths. Nationwide, the data showed speed contributed to 9,613 deaths or 29 percent of all traffic fatalities.

"Our highway fatality rates in Louisiana have declined significantly since 2007, but we are still losing precious lives here and throughout the country, and speed is a major factor," said John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

The NHTSA stated 34 percent of all motorcycle riders involved in deadly crashes in 2013 were speeding. The number was 23 percent for passenger car drivers, 18 percent for light truck driver and 8 percent for large truck drivers.

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