The Dangers Of Speeding

It happens all the time: you are driving on Interstate 40 when another vehicle zooms past you going way over the speed limit. Chronic speeders put everyone in danger of catastrophic injury in a violent highway collision.

Speeding is a major safety problem in Arkansas and across the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports on its website that speeding was a factor in 28 percent of all fatal U.S. car accidents in 2014, causing a total of 9,262 deaths.

Why speeding is dangerous

Speed limits are there for a reason. Driving too fast makes it hard to maintain control, take sharp turns or brake in time when traffic slows down. And the faster a speeder is going, the more force his or her car generates in a crash, making it more likely that the people in the other vehicles get severely hurt.

People speed for different reasons. Sometimes drivers are running late and trying to make up time on the road. Other people react to traffic congestion by slamming on the accelerator and weaving through the lanes. Then there are people who simply choose to drive aggressively because they don’t care about anybody else’s safety.

Weekend crackdown

Of course, speeding is against the law in Arkansas. Police throughout the state will focus on catching highway speeders on the weekend of July 21-23. The Arkansas State Police said they will be participating in a multistate campaign called Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.

“We’ll stop and ticket anyone caught speeding,” the director of the State Police said in a press release. Other states participating include Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Hopefully, this effort will prevent some serious crashes over the weekend.

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