(January 8, 2019)-  Speed was a factor in the loss of 10,111 lives in 2016, more than a 1/4 of all traffic fatalities that year. So why do we speed?

Everyone seems to be on a very busy schedule, especially during this time of the year. There are more vehicles on the roadways because we are in season and that makes commutes longer. The more traffic there is can cause some drivers to respond by driving aggressively which includes speeding. Believe it or not speeding causes anxiety, not only to other drivers but you and passengers alike. Some drivers will speed because they are running late for work, school, appointments, court, etc.

Then there are those that speeding is their normal behavior. It has become a culture and traffic congestion or running late isn’t the only time these drivers speed. The speed limit sign is there for a reason! Do not go faster than the posted speed. There is a formula to illustrate how far it will take you to stop:

Perception & Reaction Time Distance + Braking Distance = Total Distance to Stop

The Perception & Reaction Time will remain somewhat of a constant, when you are NOT distracted, but the distance covered increases with speed. The Braking Distance also increases the faster you go. Therefore, the faster you go the more distance it takes for you to stop your vehicle. A vehicle traveling 30-mph will need approximately 109’ to come to a complete stop when factoring in the above formula. Using the same formula while traveling 40-mph, it will take the vehicle 164’ to come to a complete stop; 55’ feet more by going only 10-mph faster. At 60-mph it’s 303’; over a football field!

Speeding not only endangers the life of the speeder, but passengers and all of the people on the road around them. The Cape Coral Police Department is proactive to enforcement of traffic violations and will continue to stop violators. The speed limit sign is your warning, drive above that speed and you may just receive a citation, which is better than ending up in a traffic crash.

Consequences to Speeding 

Speeding is more than just breaking the law. It’s endangering other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as the speeding driver. The consequences of speeding are far-ranging:

  • Violation of the law, a moving violation with steep fines and points against your license;

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control;

  • Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment;

  • Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger;

  • Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries or death;

  • Economic implications of a speed-related crash; and

  • Increased fuel consumption/cost.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341