Welcome to 2015! If you are like the rest of us, you have given serious though to the things you want to change in 2015 and have probably set some resolutions to get yourself on track. Our typical resolutions include things like spending more time with family and losing some unwanted pounds. Have you considered making a resolution to be a safer driver? How about this year you pick one area of your driving to work on? What about a resolution to stop speeding?
This weekend in San Diego, a 28 year-old man lost his life as a result of operating his vehicle at excessive speeds. The driver missed a left turn; the vehicle then crashed through a guard rail and a chain link fence, fell 100 feet and landed on its roof. The 24 year old passenger suffered severe injuries, but is expected to recover.
According to information from the World Health Organization, controlling vehicle speed not only prevents crashes, but can also lessens the injuries that occur as a result of a crash. Pedestrians and cyclists are particularly vulnerable to speed risks. Studies have shown that pedestrians have a 90% higher chance of survival if struck by a vehicle travelling at or below 19 miles per hour. Chances of survival decrease to less than 50% when speeds reach 27 miles per hour or greater.
How Speed Affects Collisions and Injury
The National Highway Safety Administration in their 2011 National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behaviors posed several questions to diverse driver populations including self-confessed speeds, sometime speeders, and non-speeders where the participants were instructed to either agree or disagree with the statement. The survey questions and outcomes are shown below and the percentages reflect those in agreement with the statement:
Everyone should obey speed limits because it is the law
It is acceptable to exceed speed limits by more than 20 mph
People should keep pace with the flow of traffic
Speeding tickets have more to do with raising money than with reducing speed
There is no excuse to exceed posted speed
If it is your time to die, speeding won’t influence it one way or another
Driving over the speed limit is not dangerous for skilled drivers
Other statistics from those surveyed in the NHTSA’s study include:
Tips to Avoid Speeding
It’s January 2015 and the time is ripe to try something new. Challenge yourself to be a safe driver. Employ some of the tips we have included here and vow to slow down this year. Your loved-ones deserve that commitment and you owe it to yourself to do everything in your power to ring in 2016. For 2015, the Steinger, Iscoe, & Greene family continues its commitment to serve the injured. Our societal commitment extends beyond that, however, in that we want our communities to be safe and as such will continue to provide useful information to keep our neighbors safe.