Speed Traffic Safety

Date Posted: Monday, January 6th, 2020

We all know the frustrations of modern life and juggling a busy schedule, but speed limits are put in place to protect all road users. The roads are wet and icy this time of year, and if you choose to speed, it may result in an unexpected tragedy. Please view and use the following information to learn why faster doesn’t mean safer.

Speeding is deadly, and never a good idea. Don’t step on it like Stu. Allow extra time when driving to ensure you don’t have to rush anywhere. In the event you are running late, keep in mind it is always better to arrive alive and a couple of minutes late, then it is to be involved in a car crash. Nothing should come between the safety of yourself or other travelers on the road. In 2018, speeding was a contributing factor in 33% of all fatal crashes in the State of Delaware.

What do you need to know?

Speeding is more than just breaking the law. The consequences are far-ranging:
• Greater potential for loss of vehicle control;
• Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment;
• Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger;
• Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries;
• Economic implications of a speed-related crash; and
• Increased fuel consumption/cost.

What should I do if someone else is speeding?
In situations that are beyond our control, it can be hard to know exactly how to react safely. If you are in the left lane and someone wants to pass, move over when it is safe to do so and let them by. If a speeding driver is tailgating you, it doesn’t mean that you, too, should speed up. If this occurs, use your judgment to safely steer your vehicle out of the way. Drivers who are speeding can easily lose control of their vehicles. If you believe someone is endangering others on the road, you should call 911 to report it to the police.

To view the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) speed overview page, click here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/speeding…