The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop and, if you crash, the harder the impact. Even small increases in speed could have severe consequences. If a pedestrian steps out into the path of an oncoming vehicle which is speeding the difference could be a matter of life or death.
In an emergency, the average driver takes about 1.5 seconds to react. Stopping distances increase exponentially the faster you go.
When you’re behind the wheel of a car – whether alone or with passengers – driving safely should always be your top concern. We’re more distracted than ever, so it’s crucial to know the basics of safe driving and practice them every time you’re on the road.
Speeding is one of the major causes of fatalities on Queensland roads. Speeding is defined as driving over the posted speed limit or at a speed that is inappropriate given the driving conditions (e.g. rain, fog, traffic volume, traffic flow).
Most people think that speeding is just driving over the speed limit. Speeding is also driving at a speed that is inappropriate for the driving conditions, such as rain, fog, traffic or traffic flow.
During 2015 there were 62 fatalities as a result of crashes involving speeding drivers or riders.
Speed limits are set and enforced to save lives and reduce crashes. Fines and demerit points apply when a vehicle is caught driving above the posted speed limit.
It is not safe to speed in any circumstance.
Driving within the speed limit maximises your stopping distance giving you more time to react to:
- the actions of other road users around you like vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists
- changes to the road environment itself such as pot holes and obstacles.
Speed-related social costs
Speed crashes result in high social costs to the community in the forms of:
- hospital and health care costs
- lost productivity in the workplace
- the cost of using emergency services.
Speeding has significant costs to the community each year. Speed-related fatalities and hospitalised casualties in Queensland have an estimated cost of $283 million each year†‡.