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Roadside Chat - A fast drive could be your last drive


1-28 fast drive last driveAdrenaline, it’s that feeling you might get from a roller coaster or when you put the pedal to the metal in your own vehicle. Whether it’s ‘the rush’ that motivates you or if you did not leave home soon enough and are feeling rushed, here are some things to consider before you treat the road like a speedway.




  • Stopping distance. The laws of physics come into play. The faster your vehicle is traveling, the more distance and time it takes to stop.
  • Reaction time. The faster you are going, the quicker you will need to react if there is an obstacle you need to avoid, like a slower vehicle.
  • Increased lane changes. If you are speeding on a road where other traffic is traveling at the posted speed limit, you’ll likely be weaving in and out of traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Inconsistency. If your vehicle is traveling at a different speed than others around you, the other drivers will have difficulty anticipating your movements. This can also increase the risk of a crash.

For your safety and the safety of everyone sharing the road, don’t speed.

We’re wrapping up “Speeding Awareness Week” with this message. For the last week, the Iowa and Nebraska Department of Transportation, the City of Omaha, and more than 20 agencies and organizations have joined their voices together in a public education campaign to emphasize that adhering to posted speed limits is critical for driver, passenger, pedestrian, and cyclist safety.

So far in 2022, there have been 13 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of three since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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