When the speed limit increased to 80 mph along parts of Interstate 84, 86, and 15, many people expected to see a drop in the number of speeding tickets received. However, Idaho State Police report that the number of speeding tickets has increased by nearly 20% from the same period in 2013.
Part of the reason for the increase in tickets is that the speed limit of 80 mph is being strictly enforced. Even exceeding the limit by a few miles is likely to earn you a ticket, whereas drivers might have been lucky enough to get a simple warning in the past.
Speeding violations carry fairly substantial penalties:
- 1 to 15 miles per hour above speed limit: $90
- 16 mph or more above speed limit: $155
- Speeding in a construction zone: $106.50
- Speeding in a school zone: $156.50
A speeding tickets add points to your driving record. That puts you at a risk of license suspension. You may also be required to pay higher auto insurance rates because insurance companies know you have an increased risk of a collision.
Speed is unquestionably a safety hazard. Speed is a factor in nearly 30% of all fatal car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that speeding kills nearly 1,000 Americans per month. With speed comes greater force in the collision. As we were taught in high school science, force equals mass times velocity. BIgger vehicles (ie semi-trucks) and faster vehicles (i.e speeders) cause more damage. Speed increases the severity of an accident, making it more likely that someone will be seriously injured or killed.
Going too fast is especially dangerous when traveling in heavy traffic, on unfamiliar roads, and/or in poor weather conditions. When you’re speeding, you’re reducing the available time you have to stop, swerve, or otherwise avoid an accident. In 1 second at 60 miles an hour you travel 88 feet- nearly 30 yards, at 80 mph you travel almost 120 feet. Psychologists and engineers tell us it takes at least 1.5 seconds for us to perceive and respond to a danger. That means at 60 mph you will travel 132 feet, 44 yards or nearly 1/2 a football field before you even begin to slow down. At 80 mph it is almost 60 yards. So when that car pulls out from a side road, or the deer runs across the street time is distance. And speed reduces safety.
The best strategy is to avoid any need to speed. Plan ahead. Leave 10 or 15 minutes early so you’re not rushing to get to your destination, and get in the habit of checking local traffic reports so you know where to expect road congestion. When you’re driving, keep an eye on the road ahead so you’re prepared to adjust in areas where there is a sudden speed reduction — such as when you’re exiting from a highway, approaching a sharp curve, or preparing to enter a residential area.
Holzer Edwards Can Help
Although avoiding speeding is an important defensive driving strategy, it’s hard to account for the actions of others. If you or someone you love has been injured by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. Call (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 to speak with the experienced personal injury attorneys at Holzer Edwards.