Buckle up! Hope y’all are ready to chat about all things speeding. The Sugar Land Police Department has some facts, some tips and they also have a plea for y’all to drive the speed limit!
For decades, speeding has been involved in about a third of all motor vehicle fatalities. So, why do people speed? To save time? But how much time do you actually save? And what risks do you run when you speed?
When you look at the data, it’s clear that speeding doesn’t actually save you much time. For example, if you’re travelling 15 miles where the speed limit is 65 mph but decide to go 20 miles over the speed limit, you only end up at your destination about three minutes earlier. Further, the higher the speed limit is already, the less time you save by speeding; the faster you’re traveling to start with, the more you have to exceed the speed limit to achieve the same comparable increase. If you’re going 45 mph in a 35 mph zone, you’re traveling almost 30% faster than the posted limit. If the speed limit is 65 mph and you’re going 75 mph that’s only about a 15% increase, even though in both cases you are going 10 mph over the limit. Obviously, you can increase your time savings by traveling even faster, but once you break the speed limit by more than 10 mph your risk of getting a speeding ticket increases substantially, and the consequences for that ticket go up as well. Think about how much time it will cost you if you get pulled over for speeding and get issued a ticket--more than six minutes. Speeding is more than just breaking the law. The consequences of speeding range from greater potential of losing control of your vehicle to reduced effectiveness of the vehicle’s safety features to the economic impacts of a speed-related crash.
As you know, speeding and aggressive drivers can affect other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Here are some tips to follow if you find yourself sharing the road with an aggressive or speeding driver:
🚗 If you are in the left lane and someone wants to pass, move over and let them by.
🚗 Give speeding drivers plenty of space, as they may lose control of their vehicle more easily.
🚗 Adjust your driving accordingly. Speeding is tied to aggressive driving, so if a speeding driver is tailgating you or trying to engage you in risky driving, use your judgment to safely steer your vehicle out of the way.
🚗 Call the police if you believe a driver is following you or harassing you.