OMAHA Deadly crashes cost lives; families and friends are left in shambles, but new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the damage is far more widespread.
The NHTSA reports that in 2011, the latest data available, that an estimated $871 billion worth of economic harm is caused by deadly crashes. A large chunk of that, 24-percent of those accidents, are linked to speeding.
With the new data in mind the WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper team followed up on a viewer complaint about speeding in her neighborhood near 90th and O. In that area, the speed limit is 25 miles per hour.
"However, I don't think I have seen but a few cars at that speed," said Danyelle Amato.
The speed zapper confirmed Amato's suspicions, one person was caught driving 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. Another car driving 10 miles per hour even honked and waved while the camera was rolling.
Amato's biggest concern about speeders flying down her road are the children who live in the neighborhood including those that go to a daycare on that street.
In 2010, 10,5336 deaths were reported as a result of speed-related crashes in the United States.