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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.

Speeding Dangers Infographic by Caddell Nelson & Reibach

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:

Speeding facts:

  • 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

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.

Sources:

  •  http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/DriverSafety/Pages/Speeding.aspx National Safety Council
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_limit
  • http://www.safeny.ny.gov/spee-ndx.htm
  • http://www.ask.com/questions-about/Average-Cost-of-a-Speeding-Ticket

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