Road to Zero Safety Priority Statement

Automated Speed Enforcement


Automated-Speed-EnforcementTraditional high visibility enforcement speed reduction programs can be augmented with ASE in
identified areas of need. ASE can provide additional safety support of police efforts in monitoring motor vehicle operators’ behaviors. The use of ASE also recognizes that sustaining traditional on-the-ground speed enforcement, given limited resources, can be challenging, as well as dangerous for officers tasked with pursuing and stopping speeding drivers.


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Current Situation:


Nearly 150 U.S. communities in 15 states and D.C.
currently use automated speed enforcement (ASE).1 The number of
communities using ASE increased rapidly in the United States from 1995
through 2013, but has leveled off in recent years.



More than 10,000 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes in
2016, totaling 27% of fatalities.2 Higher vehicle speeds increase fatal crash risk
by both making it more likely that a crash will occur and by increasing the likelihood of injuries sustained by road users in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that speedingrelated crashes incur $52 billion in economic costs annually from resulting property damage, medical care, lost
productivity, and other similar costs.4 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently called for increased national leadership on speeding, pointing out that speeding receives less national attention than other issues, like alcohol-impaired driving, that have a similar safety impact.


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