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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - More people are wearing seatbelts and fewer are driving drunk, but speeding continues to be a problem on roads and highways in Texas and across the nation.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of traffic deaths caused by speeding is up seven-percent over the past decade.

GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha said many people see speed limits as suggestions — instead of the law. Her plan is to take small steps and ultimately, hopefully, reach the bigger goal.

“One suggestion for example was to focus on speed and work zones and school zones, because there’s a lot of public support for that,” said Harsha. “Then maybe the public will support speed enforcement in other areas.”

Officials say nationwide; state, city and town budget cuts are also taking a toll on traffic enforcement.

“They don’t take speed limits seriously. Part of that is due to the fact that we’re seeing a reduction of law enforcement all around the country,” explained Harsha. “Thirty-five states said that they saw reductions in their state or local law enforcement, devoted to traffic safety.”

To help with the problem, the GHSA is suggesting using automated cameras to catch speeders — similar to the ones that catch red-light runners.

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