In American society today, there are numerous laws designed to protect all citizens. One such law is having a speed limit. This requires motorists to drive reasonably and consider the conditions and potential hazards, regardless of what the speed limit signs say. As the automobile demands grew, the streets and highways expanded throughout the US, lawmakers created speed limits. On thee another hand, some citizens believe with modern day road materials and current automotive technologies, cars can safely exceed the legal limits set on almost every road in the United States. But, endless amount of studies and researches proves that having a speed limit can save lives, not to mention money.
There are so many reasons that speed limits are important. The safety of those who are driving, and those who are not is first and foremost. Having a speed limit to me, is close to the same as having laws against drunk driving. I for one, do not see an argument against having a speed limit. Its nonsense to think that one would want to be on a road, where there is no limit to how fast one can drive.
Even though the importance of such may be unknown, drivers understand that lawful speed limits exist at least from the day they earn their permit. From a national survey conducted by the National Highway Safety and Traffic Association, 30% of drivers strongly agreed that there is no excuse to exceed the posted limit; 18% somewhat agreed. Likewise, 67% strongly agreed and 24% somewhat agreed that everyone should obey the speed limit because it’s the law [1, 34]. Drivers want to respect speeding laws because it they trust other drivers will do the same, but whether the drivers actually choose to obey the laws is another story. From the same survey, the most frequent reasons for speeding were 35% for being late, 31% for emergencies, 10% for not paying attention, 7% for being in a hurry and 7% for keeping up with traffic flow [1, 43]. Drivers of this fast paced nation may sometimes set aside their judgment and break the law to meet its demands. Enforcement of speed regulations is directed to protect all drivers with uniform limitations. We all know that this doesn’t happen. These are ideal systems. So what’s the real
I was pulled over by a police officer because I was going faster than I was supposed to in that designated area. The zone was a sixty-five mile per hour zone and I was do eighty. I have agreed to the terms that I was found guilty of this and now come to you the reader explaining why it may be dangerous to be speeding in certain areas and ultimately everywhere. During this experience I have learned that there are many consequences for not driving safe, because there is never a good reason to speed. I have learned that it is extremely dangerous to speed and that there will be consequences, even if they are minor like, obtaining a ticket, and occasionally they are major, like killing running into someone else. It does not matter what happens after, you should not be speeding ever because there is never a good
Over recent decades, driving has almost become a necessity to many young adults since some jobs require a farther commute and colleges are not located in every town. Driving is a privilege and many people neglect this privilege by developing dangerous driving habits. Some of these include speeding, distracted driving, road rage and driving under the influence. In today's age people live a very fast paced, rushed lifestyle. Speeding is becoming a problem because people are impatient. Speeding decreases your reaction time for avoiding collisions and is becoming a profitable scheme for law enforcement through speed traps. I speed all the time and realize the dangers of doing so. I have not been in a collision yet or been pulled over by a police officer because they could not keep
Shopping for a car, SUV, or truck today is just like putting together the perfect outfit complete with the ideal accessories. When shopping for the perfect “ride,” not only does the buyer have a wide range of choices, but the buyer also has a wide range of accessories or options from which to choose. Yes, price does play the most major role in a vehicle's purchase. The days of the 70s when one could buy a new car for $4,000 plus have vanished just like the days of the cowboy riding off into the sunset on his favorite horse Trigger. But after the physical reactions of the sticker price shock, what does a driver need when rolling down the road? What options or accessories, does her or she need for a safe, comfortable ride?
The highest speed related fatality was recorded in the year 2012. This is because the 354 was the highest ever recorded in a single year. There was a slight increase from 2006 to 2007 but then speed related fatalities slightly decreased in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, speeding fatalities were on the rise until it dropped in 2011. From Fig B., 2015 recorded the lowest rate of speeding related fatalities. It should also be noted that speeding related fatalities have been slightly steady in 2013 and 2014 resulting in a very sharp decline.
Speeding is a common habit that happens around the world every day. The dangers of speeding are certainly well known to most drivers, either by getting a ticket for speeding from law enforcement, being part of an accident due to reckless driving or even having a loved one be a victim of excessive speeding (Upton). Speeding because one is in a rush, trying to show off to friends, or just do not think the law applies to you, are never the answers for speeding. Accidents can easily result in hitting somebody or losing control of your vehicle from speeding. Speed limits are made to keep the community safe, making the speed limit lower in populated towns, while a little higher on back roads, and highways. School zone’s have a vastly low speed limit to insure everyone is being extra cautious for children are everyone around. Even with getting away with speeding, it is still breaking the law while putting others in great danger.
Speeding takes a huge role in many teen crashes that result in fatalities. Going faster than the posted speed limit on a road, means that you are increasing your chances of crashing exponentially. In 2012, 21 % of serious teen crashes were a direct result of going too fast for the road. By going over the speed limit you are not only going too fast for the given roads conditions but you are also increasing the amount of time you will need to stop your vehicle in the event of an obstacle in the road.
Traffic laws are designed to protect you and other drivers on the road. If we do not follow them we are not only putting ourselves at risk but also innocent bystanders and drivers. By knowing the rules of the road, practicing good driving skills and generally taking care as a road user, you help play a vital role in preventing a crash. You will also be making road safety policies more effective. Many factors play a role in road safety including following the speed limits that are posted and making sure safety equipment is properly installed and used. I will also discuss the skills that are expected and needed to be an efficient driver including the ability to act responsibly, the ability to
Nearly nine in 10 teenage drivers have engaged in distracted driving even though they know that their actions increase their risk of getting into a car accident (Copeland). Drivers know that what they do is unacceptable but they still do it. Distracted driving is any activity that can distract a person’s attention away from driving (“Facts and Statistics”). Distracted driving can include changing the radio station, texting, eating, looking at an advertisement at the side of the road, or talking on the phone. There has been an issue in whether tougher laws are needed for distracted driving. To most people, tougher laws will make drivers not drive and be distracted because there will be a major consequence to it. Even though tougher laws will help some individuals,
"I try to get where I am going as fast as I can." Speeding-related deaths nationwide account for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities each year, taking close to 10,000 lives. Many drivers feel as if the are too rushed to make it to their destination and spend less time on the road. Many drivers feel as if everybody should follow the speed limits posted on roads and highways. There are many contributing factors to why people speed.
Everybody goes over the speed limit and ends up getting pulled over why not just increase the speed limit from 40 to 50 so people don’t get pulled over. The speed limit today is to slow for people that have to get somewhere fast when they're late or just don’t want to take forever to get to one place. I hear people complain all the time because they get speeding tickets they wouldn’t get speeding tickets if the speed limit was changed.
While many action movies make a car chase look like a fun and exciting experience, two recent local incidents show the reality of trying to escape the police. In the first incident, which happened near Stoneville, police attempted to pull a man over for several miles before he finally stopped. A fight then ensued in which the man was shot and killed. In the second incident, police attempted to pull a motorcyclist over for speeding in Winston-Salem. In the process of trying to flee the police, the motorcyclist lost control, crashing into an unmarked police car. While it might be scary to see those flashing lights behind you, trying to flee the police could result in serious injuries to yourself or others. Instead of trying to escape the police,