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Message Monday - Speeding won't get you thru winter any faster

01/11/2021

1-11 speeding through winter fullLet’s face it, once we make it through the holidays many of us are anxious to zoom through winter to warmer days ahead. No matter how fast you move through your days, spring is still 68 days away.

Similarly, speeding behind the wheel won’t land you at your destination much faster. And that minute or two you gain in time doesn’t gain you anything if you get in a crash or put the lives of others on the road in danger.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration speeding has consistently been a factor in approximately one-third of all roadway fatalities for nearly 20 years. Speeding has some serious consequences including:

  • A greater potential for you to lose control of your vehicle control
  • Reducing the effectiveness of the safety in your vehicle designed to keep you safe in the event of a crash
  • A longer stopping distance if you perceive danger that needs to be avoided
  • More severe crashes that can cause more serious injuries
  • More fuel consumption, which means more money out of your pocket.

Speeding can easily lead to other forms of aggressive driving. Check out this interview for a little bit more about the psychology surrounding speeding behind the wheel.

For 2020, there were a total of 335 fatalities reported. So far there have been 3 traffic fatalities in 2021. 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


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