Vision Zero Watch: New report from governors group shows divide between rural, urban US on speed limits, related deaths

A comprehensive new report on the perils of speeding suggests that the ever-growing cultural divide between rural and urban America may include shifting views on the wisdom of putting the pedal to the metal.

Many western and southern states have been raising the speed limit in recent years, despite data showing that non-interstate rural roads are more than twice as deadly when it comes to speed-related crash rates than urban roadways. But some cities, often as part of the international Vision Zero initiative to reduce traffic deaths, have been clamping down on speeding by lowering the posted limits or increasing enforcement or penalties.