It seems like most people consider the speed limit sign to be the minimum instead of the maximum, so they go a few miles per hour faster. It’s a risk, but drivers figure that because everyone is doing it, it is acceptable. What’s the worst that could happen? They might get a little fine and a mark on their record. It’s nothing to worry about… right? Wrong.
Too few drivers do not consider the actual cost of speeding. Obeying the speed limit does not just concern one driver’s well-being; it has to do with having respect for all the people on the road. Drivers ignorant to their safety and the safety of others cause fatal crashes, collisions that disfigure and dismember, and accidents that cause people to sustain painful injuries that no one should have to deal with.
Speeding causes one-third of fatal car crashes in the United States. This is because the probability of dismemberment, disfigurement, and even death goes up with every mile per hour the drivers goes above the speed limit. Also, as the speed of the driver increases, the greater the risk is of injuries and fatalities.
Though many drivers are safe and use precautions when driving, those still may fall victim to the irresponsible, senseless drivers who also occupy the roadway. No matter how safe and cautionary one may be, there are always other drivers that are accidents waiting to happen. People with prior traffic violations are much more likely to be involved in fatal accidents. 1,000 Americans die every month in speed-related accidents.
While speeding may seem like it is not a big deal sometimes, the opposite is true. Just think about the car accidents in Phoenix, Mesa and throughout Maricopa County that occur daily. Accidents because of drunk driving, speeding and other criminal driving.