Government Department of Transport proves that speed doesn’t kill

Government Department of Transport proves that speed doesn’t kill

We’ve been telling you this a long time, and now it’s official. Speed is by no means the leading cause of accidents. In fact, it’s only a factor in 5% – and when the DoT talks about ‘speed’ it talks about ‘inappropriate speed’ – i.e. too fast for the conditions, and conditions could dictate that the speed limit at the time is way too high (e.g. on an icy road, for example). So, millions of dollars of taxpayer money wasted on TV commercials; millions of dollars taxed by the police in the form of unnecessarily strictly enforced speed limits.

Of the 5471 injury crashes surveyed in the US between July 3, 2005 and December 31, 2007 22% were caused by people simply driving off the edge of the road, and 11% drifted across the centre line!

Driver error was the primary reason for crashing, and of these, distraction (not paying attention) was by far the biggest, at 41%. 10% of errors were attributed to drivers lacking the proper driving skills, 8% fell asleep or had a heart attack or some other incapacitation, 8% driving to fast for the conditions, and 5% driving too fast for a curve.

In fact, the most recent official report states that only 2.9% of all accidents were caused by driving too fast in 2007.

And on that note, drive safely in the holiday period.

We’ve been telling you this a long time, and now it’s official. Speed is by no means the leading cause of accidents. In fact, it’s only a factor in 5% – and when the DoT talks about ‘speed’ it talks about ‘inappropriate speed’ – i.e. too fast for the conditions, and conditions could dictate that the speed limit at the time is way too high (e.g. on an icy road, for example). So, millions of dollars of taxpayer money wasted on TV commercials; millions of dollars taxed by the police in the form of unnecessarily strictly enforced speed limits.

Of the 5471 injury crashes surveyed in the US between July 3, 2005 and December 31, 2007 22% were caused by people simply driving off the edge of the road, and 11% drifted across the centre line!

Driver error was the primary reason for crashing, and of these, distraction (not paying attention) was by far the biggest, at 41%. 10% of errors were attributed to drivers lacking the proper driving skills, 8% fell asleep or had a heart attack or some other incapacitation, 8% driving to fast for the conditions, and 5% driving too fast for a curve.

In fact, the most recent official report states that only 2.9% of all accidents were caused by driving too fast in 2007.

And on that note, drive safely in the holiday period.

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