Mother’s Day is May 8, and if you’re hitting the roads to celebrate, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Region 7, including Iowa, is reminding everyone to slow down and abide by posted speed limits and move over for emergency vehicles. Nationally in 2020, 30% of all crash fatalities were related to speeding. According to NHTSA, a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatal crash than with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph and nearly five times as likely with a speed limit of 40 mph or below. Speeding significantly reduces the driver’s ability to slow a vehicle when necessary or to steer safely around an unexpected curve, another vehicle, or hazardous object in the roadway. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes that drivers keep their mothers in mind when visiting over the weekend.
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