From the tires and the steering wheel to the seat belt and the airbag, cars are designed to move quickly while keeping occupants safe. However, drivers often travel above safe speeds, whether that is the posted speed limit, or the speed that is safe for current conditions. From 2012–2014, 508 people died and 1,622 people were seriously injured in speeding crashes in Washington State.

Ongoing education of the public about the dangers of speeding, high visibility patrols to enforce speed limits, and enhanced road and vehicle engineering have proven to be effective countermeasures.