When Daylight Saving Time began at 2 a.m. on March 10, we were asked to turn our clocks ahead one hour. For most, that meant losing an hour of sleep. If you forgot to reset your clocks and woke up late for work, speeding isn’t a good way to remedy the situation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding endangers everyone on the road. In 2017, speeding killed 9,717 people in the U.S., accounting for more than a quarter (26 percent) of all traffic fatalities that year. 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 risks of speeding are more than just breaking the law. The consequences are far-ranging:
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For 2019, there have been 43 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of four since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 318. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf