Broward Traffic Safety Watch: Slowing Down to Save Lives

The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster you’re traveling behind the wheel, the less time you have to stop if something unexpected happens.  The truth of the matter is that speed limits are set to help keep everyone on our roadways safe.  Speed is one of the main factors in deadly traffic accidents, according to THINK!.  Fully 90 percent of all licensed drivers speed at some point in their driving career; 75 percent admit to committing this offense regularly.

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Speed limits have traditionally been the responsibility of the states. In the mid-1970s, however, Congress established a national maximum speed limit by withholding highway funds from states that maintained speed limits greater than 55 mph. The requirement was loosened for rural interstates in 1987 and completely repealed in 1995. As of today, 37 states have speed limits of 70 mph or higher on some portion of their roadway systems, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Our Broward car accident lawyers understand that there are more than 4 million tickets handed out in the state of Florida each year.  And those were only the ones who were caught.  One of the most common of these citations is for speeding.  For driving 6 to 9 miles over the posted speed limit, you run the risk of getting a $76.00 ticket.  When slapped for unlawful speeding, you run the risk of getting up to 4 points on your driver’s license.  But what’s even worse is that you’re significantly increasing your risks for an accident.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Speed Management Team works to promote speed management and to improve the safety of all travelers, with assistance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

First and foremost, it’s critical that you not drive any faster than the posted speed limit. You must also take into consideration the type of road you’re traveling on and the type of vehicle you’re driving.  The posted speed limit is the absolute maximum and it doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive at this speed in all conditions.

In 2010, more than 10,000 lives were lost due to speed-related accidents according to the NHTSA.  Officials believe that speed was a factor in about a third of all of the fatal accidents recorded within the year.  These accidents cost Americans close to $4.5 billion each and every year.

While younger drivers may be more likely to commit this dangerous act behind the wheel, many drivers are guilty.  To be more specific, drivers who are under 30 years old are more likely to speed than other drivers.

Slow It Down:

-Use the cruise control when you can.  This will help you to maintain a desired speed and will help to stop you from pushing the pedal to the metal.

-Keep an eye on your speedometer.  Check your speed frequently.

-Leave early so you’re not rushed.

-Keep in mind the ticket amount for speeding.  It’s just not worth it — like throwing money out the window.

-Find out how much you’d save by keeping your foot off the gas. Going 65 mph in a 55 mph zone for 15 miles “saves” less than three minutes. Just 5 mph over saves less than 90 seconds.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a traffic accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation. There is no fee unless we win.