Dangers of Speeding While Driving
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The dangers of speeding are certainly well known to most drivers, either by getting a ticket for speeding from law enforcement or being part of an accident due to someone driving too fast or even having a loved one be a victim of excessive speeding. This infographic provides statistics about speeding, including how often speeding results in a fatality, how much does speeding actually cost and what are the main reasons that people speed. In the end, any reason a driver gives for speeding will never be worth the potential costs.
Sobering Statistics & Fact about Speeding:
- Speeding occurs in 33% of all fatal crashes.
- Driving to fast also the third leading contributing factor in traffic crashes.
Why drivers speed (Source: Focus on Safety: A Practical Guide to Automated Traffic Enforcement):
- They’re in a rush
- They’re not paying attention to their driving
- They just don’t think the laws apply to them
- They don’t think their driving is dangerous
- They don’t think they will get caught speeding
Speeding costs you:
- In 1896, Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent UK, became the first person to be convicted of speeding. His fine was 1 shilling plus costs.
- Drive slower and save at the pump: Every 5mph over 60mph, you pay an extra .24 per gallon of gas (www.safeny.ny.gov and their source www.fueleconomy.gov)
- A speeding ticket can cost $150 to more than $1,000 (http://www.ask.com/questions-about/Average-Cost-of-a-Speeding-Ticket and www.safeny.ny.gov)
- In the U.S.A., people paid more than $6B in speeding fines. (http://www.ask.com/questions-about/Average-Cost-of-a-Speeding-Ticket)
- Keep your license: A speeding violation will add points and your license can be suspended. (www.safeny.ny.gov)
- 13,000 lives lost each year due to speeding
- Crashes where speed is an issue cost society more than $40 billion annually (NHTSA)
- Think it pays to speed? In the U.S.A. it costs society more than $76,000 for every minute you gain by speeding
- Slow down in that school zone: many do not comply with a lower speed limit
Speeding may lead to more risky behavior
- Stay sober: drivers under the influence speed more often
- Buckle up: drivers who speed often don’t wear their seat belts
Who’s most at risk?
39% male drivers, age 15 -20 were speeding at the time of their fatal vehicle crash (NHTSA)
Where people speed: Hint: Its not always the highways
- 47% on roads 50mph or less
- more than 20% on roads 35mph or less (NHTSA 2006 fatality data)
According to the NHTSA, a crash is speeding related if the driver was charged with a speeding related offense, or if the police officer indicates that racing or driving too fast conditions, or the driver has exceed the posted speed limit which contributed to the crash.
- http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/DriverSafety/Pages/Speeding.aspx National Safety Council
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