The American Academy of Pediatrics' efforts to promote safety for children, notably its campaigns for car seats, seat belts, bike helmets and firearm control, are much admired. Pediatricians act not only as safety advisers to families in the traditional office setting, but extend their roles from local advocates for children to lobbying and policy-making at the state and federal levels.

Because of these complementary skills, I urge pediatricians to strengthen the AAP goal of motor-vehicle safety by initiating a campaign to combat the epidemic of motor-vehicle speeding on our highways.

Quite simply, speed kills.

Most major highways and even smaller residential roads have become free-for-all speedways. Cars are potentially lethal weapons, far more prevalent and accessible than firearms. By analogy, a speeding car is a cocked and loaded gun.

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