Speed and Aggressive Driving
Speeding is one of the most dangerous driving behaviors, accounting in part for one out of every three crashes.
Speeding is a significant aggressive driving behavior and is estimated to be a contributing factor in over one-third of all fatal crashes nationwide. The probability of death or serious injury grows with impacts at higher speeds—doubling for every 10 MPH over 50 MPH that a vehicle travels.
Number of citations given in 2020 to motorists traveling 20 MPH or more over the posted speed limit. *This number does not include violations issued by automated enforcement
At 55 mph, a vehicle will travel 121 feet before beginning to slow. As speed doubles, stopping distances quadruple. By driving within the speed limit, you give yourself more time to react to what’s happening around you.
More than 32 percent of all speeding fatalities involve men between the ages of 20 - 29.
An average of 9,800 crashes are attributed to speeding resulting in more than 4,500 injuries and 80 fatalities.
Speeding endangers everyone on the road. It’s a problem that we all need to address. Speeding rarely results in any noticeable difference in how quickly you arrive at your destination. It’s better to give yourself a few extra minutes to get to where you’re going than to speed.
Posted speed limits are set assuming ideal weather and traffic conditions. However, bad weather, areas of road work, and other factors may require motorists to drive below the posted speed limit.
Slow down. Speeding won’t get you where you’re going any quicker – it will only increase your chances of not getting there at all.
Dealing with Speeding and Aggressive Drivers
Speeding behavior and aggressive drivers not only affect the speeder—it affects other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Here are tips on how to avoid being an aggressive driver.
If possible, alter your schedule to avoid driving during peak highway congestion periods.
Avoid running yellow lights.
Let other drivers merge with you.
Allow for some extra space between you and other vehicles, even if they are driving slower than the speed limit.
Put your pride in the back seat. Don’t challenge an aggressive driver by speeding up or attempting to hold your position in your travel lane.
Ignore harassing gestures and name-calling, and do not return them. Report aggressive drivers to law enforcement by providing a vehicle description, location, license plate number, and direction of travel.