Traffic crashes are more dangerous and can be deadly when they involve excessive speeds. Speeding endangers not only the person speeding, but everyone on the roads.
Risks of speeding
- Excessive speed is among the most common causes of traffic crashes. There is an average of more than 18,000 speed-related crashes every year in Wisconsin.
- Speeding makes your vehicle harder to control and stop in an emergency. Slowing down gives you more time and distance to avoid a collision.
- Drivers who are speeding have less time to react when traffic ahead stops or slows.
- Speeding is more likely to cause a crash in winter weather. Speed limits are set for when roads are clear and dry, not when they're snow or ice-covered. It is illegal to drive at speeds that exceed what is "reasonable and prudent" under existing road and traffic conditions.
Penalties for speeding
- Speeding tickets generally cost about $200 to more than $800 depending on the violation.
- Demerit points are assessed and your license may be suspended.
- Insurance premiums often increase because of speeding tickets.
- Obey speed limits and drive cautiously in inclement weather.
- Wear seat belts to reduce the risk of being injured or killed in a speed-related crash.
- Be alert when traveling in work zones, school zones, and railway crossings. Speeding fines are usually doubled in those locations.
- Remember, speeding is not worth a ticket...or your life!
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