Enough: Stop Speeding

Speeding is well known in Burlington. From Rt.4 to Rt 69 and so many small short cut roads, speeders cause multiple accidents that endanger themselves and other drivers.

The same applies for so many other towns across Connecticut. Last year Rt. 72 was labeled as a dangerous highway due to speeding. Many people however blame it on highway design.

According to recent reports, fatalities and injuries due to distracted driving in Connecticut continue to rise despite the efforts made by law enforcement in Connecticut. Since 2011, the number of crashes occurring in the state continues to increase. In 2011, 78,433 crashes occurred, while in 2016 there was a reported 116,177 crashes in 2016.

Most people speed in order to get to work or an appointment on time. Some just aren’t paying attention to the manner in which they are driving.

A handful of others do it just to have fun. While you won’t always get caught while speeding, you might inflict horrible damage on yourself, your vehicle and other people.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one third of all fatal automobile crashes involve drivers who were speeding. Over 13,000 people die each year as a result of accidents involving speeding automobiles.

Excessive speeding constituted the third leading contributing factor in all automobile crashes. The NHTSA also reports that over 40,000 people were critically injured in automobile accidents caused by speeding. Over 70,000 were moderately injured and nearly 600,000 suffered minor injuries.

The NHTSA reports that those who speed tend to engage in other risky behaviors. They are less likely to wear their seat belts so their risk of injury during a vehicular accident is exponentially heightened.

So while it might be fun to drive fast, it is incredibly dangerous. When you drive at fast speeds, you lose your ability to control you vehicle and you put the well-being of everyone else on the road at risk.

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Author: Bristol Chats