Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday #32- Don't Drive Over the Speed Limit

Make Today Matter...

  • The #1 killer of people ages 4 to 37 is car accidents.
  • Over 43,000 people die in car accidents each year, and 2.7 million are injured.
  • 1 in 5 drivers under the age of 30 is stopped for speeding every year.
  • 75% of drivers admit to driving over the speed limit, and 50% determine their speed based on the chance of being stopped by police.
  • 6.1 million motor vehicle crashes are reported to police each year.
  • 30% of all traffic fatalities have speed as a factor, second only to alcohol (39%) as a cause of fatal crashes.
  • With every 10-MPH increase in speeds above 50 MPH, the impact of the force of the crash is doubled.
  • The annual cost of speed-related crashes is $40.4 billion.
What's the big rush?

Take action today!
  1. Obey speed limit signs. Doing so shows respect for the law, your life, and the lives of others.
  2. Slow down to give yourself time to avoid hitting debris, animals, and potholes. Potholes cause millions of dollars in damage to cars each year.
  3. Stay at least one car length behind the vehicle in front of you for every 10 MPH you're driving.
  4. Leave early. Allow enough time to get where you're going.
  5. Use caution and take appropriate safety measures when driving in extreme weather conditions.
You matter!
You can't get a speeding ticket if you don't speed.

It costs you nothing to slow down, and you'll even save money on gas and brakes. You also set a good example for other motorists and for anyone who is in the car with you.

The accident you prevent of the life you save just may be your own!

(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)

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