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Why is speeding so dangerous?

It is very common to drive over the posted speed limit on Kentucky roadways. Drivers do it every day. It is something society does not look down on. If you get a speeding ticket, nobody really says anything. While it is breaking the law, people do not consider it in the same way they consider other crimes. However, speeding is incredibly dangerous and puts everyone on the road at risk.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding affects your ability to control your vehicle. It can make it easier to lose control. It also makes stopping distances increase, which you may not take into consideration. It can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle's safety devices as well.

Speeding increases the severity of injuries in an accident. In 2017, it was a factor in accidents killing more than 9,700. In fact, it was a factor in 26 percent of all deadly accidents. Speed limits get set based on the roads and what is safe and reasonable for that specific roadway. It takes study and research to determine speed limits.

When you think about it, speeding is not worth the risk. It really does not get you where you need to go much faster than going the speed limit. It increases the risks you will end up in an accident and increases your risks of dying if you do get into an accident. Obeying the law by adhering to the posted speed limit can keep you, your passengers and everyone else on the road safer. This information is for education. It is not legal advice.

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