U.S. DOT Speed Management Team
The U.S. Department of Transportation's NHTSA, Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration formed a speed management
team to help state and local governments develop strategies to reduce crashes due to speeding, including setting and enforcing rational speed limits, conducting research on speeding risks,
exploring new technologies to address speeding, and implementing effective public information and education programs to deter speeding.
Seven demonstration projects are in progress to determine the extent to which speed limits that are enforced and publicized lead to higher compliance and
improve traffic flow without reducing highway safety.
The demonstrations are bringing to light that program effectiveness depends on the perceived risk of apprehension and the swiftness, certainty and severity
of punishment, making the law enforcement and court roles vital to speed management programs.
of enforcement efforts must be sufficient to deter speeders, must consider ways of deterring high speed drivers, and use alternative enforcement methods to supplement traditional enforcement
Judges must agree that speed limits are reasonable, ensure that treatment of violators is consistent, and minimize
the time to trial and dismissal of cases.