Reckless Driving: it’s not just
your life it’s others too
Reckless driving is more than squealing tires, going thru town fast, and just goofing off. Reckless driving can lead to serious accidents and loss of lives. Some of the major things that falls under this category are speeding, distractive driving, sleepy driving, racing, and impaired driving.
Thousands of people die in road crashes every year. Speeding is a contributing factor in resulting road accidents. Speeding reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash. It also increases the severity of the crash, which lead to widespread causalities. Exceeding the speed limit is the most common error in fatal crashes.
A speed limit is the maximum speed permitted to a vehicle on road by law. Speed limits are applied on different modes of transport to avoid fatal crashes and collisions. Speed limits vary on types of roads and lanes. Residential and market areas generally have lower maximum speed limit. Speed limit is higher on Interstate highways, which are primarily used for movement of vehicles.
Impact of Speeding
Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving fast is the main reason behind nearly one-third of all crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA, speeding-related crashes resulted in 13, 192 deaths in 2004. The economic costs of crashes involving speeding are much higher. According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS, when speed increases from 40 mph to 60 mph, the energy released in a crash doubles itself. It has been noticed that when speed limits were raised in many states in the United States in 1996, travel speeds increased and road accidents caused by motor vehicles went up by 15 percent in those states IIHS, 2004
Most of the drivers involved in speeding-related crashes are from the age group of 15 to 20.This is a disturbing trend as the younger generation is increasing showing irresponsibility while driving on road. It...