Driving in a Hurry
Your already late for work and you still need to stop and get gas. The light ahead turns to yellow and instead of slowing down you speed up because it’s a busy intersection and missing that light could mean an added three to five minutes on your drive time. But what if someone walked out on the crosswalk or if the light turned green for oncoming traffic and they didn’t see you? Speeding is one of the top three reasons for car accidents in America.
People most commonly speed because they are in a hurry, are not paying attention, don’t think the laws apply to them, don’t think it is dangerous or don’t expect to get caught. Speeding kills over 13,000 people each year. Approximately 27% of crashes and fatalities in construction zones occur as a result of speeding. Additionally, compliance with lower speed zones near schools is poor. Statistically every minute gained by speeding costs the U.S. $76,000 amounting to $40 billion annually.
Automated speed enforcement reduces speeding and accidents, but local education and media campaigns need to accompany speed cameras to be affective and raise awareness. Next time you are in a hurry, ask yourself if a minute saved is worth your life, someone else’s life or $76,000.
For more information about speeding visit: http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/DriverSafety/Pages/Speeding.aspx
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