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On average, 1,000 Americans are killed every month in speed-related car accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The young are particularly vulnerable. Of all drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 involved in fatal automobile accidents, 32% were speeding. Of drivers under the age of 21 involved in fatal accidents, 38% of the male and 24 % of the female drivers were speeding.
Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic accidents. Speed is a factor in almost 1/3 of all fatal traffic accidents, and the probability of death, disfigurement, or debilitating injury grows with higher speed at impact. The likelihood of such consequences double for every 10 mph over 50 mph that a motor vehicle travels.
To most drivers, who slow down in residential areas or when the weather is bad, a few miles over the speed limit is an acceptable risk. They believe the worst thing that will happen is that they might get a speeding citation. But those drivers are wrong. And they may be dead wrong. Driving too fast for conditions or exceeding the posted speed limit can kill you. So SLOW DOWN!