Speeding is one of the most common reasons why car accidents occur. Speeding not only makes your vehicle harder to control, but it also decreases your ability to react to a situation safely. There have been many examples of drivers slamming on their brakes in hopes of preventing an accident, unfortunately, many times speed is a factor. Speeding also increases the chances of catastrophic injury and even a fatality in an accident due to the force of the vehicles involved. The higher the speed in an accident, the higher the damage.
Simple Rule: Don’t speed.
According to NHTSA, a crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph, and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below.
- Speeding is usually defined as “driving in excess of the posted speed limit” or “driving too fast for conditions”. Either way, the consequences can be dangerous, and deadly, as it:
- Reduces a driver’s ability to negotiate curves or maneuver around obstacles in the roadway;
- Extends the stopping distance of the speeding vehicle;
- Increases the distance a vehicle travels before the driver can react to a hazard;
- Increases the risk of crash and injuries because other vehicles and pedestrians may not be able to judge distance accurately.
- Drivers of all ages exceed posted speed limits, but studies show that the occurrence of speeding-related crashes decreases with increasing driver age.
Speeding and Impaired Driving: A Deadly Combination
- Driving impaired and speeding are a deadly combination.
- Between midnight and 3 a.m., 75 percent of speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking.
Help Save Lives by Obeying Posted Speed Limits
- Our goal is to save lives. Please join us in reminding all drivers to be alert, watch for speed limit signs and obey those signs, especially in school zones, in residential neighborhoods and on secondary roads.
- Drivers need to remember that there is a reason for posted speed limits. The roadways are a dangerous place and the speed limits are designed to protect everyone – drivers, passengers, pedestrians – everyone!