Are speeding tickets, traffic fatalities, other bodily injuries, and loss of property resulting from driving too fast things that occur unexpectedly or unintentionally?
An accident happens when there is an unexpected and undesirable event. Something occurs unexpectedly or unintentionally. Fast driving is a behavior based on a decision drivers make when we get behind the wheel of an automobile.
We choose to drive the speed limit and obey all traffic rules and regulations.
Choosing not to obey is an intentional act with anticipated outcomes. It causes lives to be changed, people to be injured and killed, because drivers choose to be selfish and drive at excessive speeds. Many of us have family members who have been injured or killed by a car accident.
Still don't consider speeding that big of a deal? Think about this information:
According to National Car Accident Statistics, excessive speed is the second most common cause of deadly auto accidents, which accounts for about 30 percent of fatal accidents.
A person dies in a car accident every 12 minutes and each year car crashes kill 40,000 people. Someone is injured by a car crash every 14 seconds and about two million of the people injured in car accidents each year suffer permanent injuries.
Are you big on money, and try to take heed to any advice on how to save?
Well, car crashes cost each American more than $1,000 a year; $164.2 billion is
the total cost each year across the United States.
According to the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy, gas mileage rapidly decreases when driving over 60 mph, so for each 5 mph driven over 60 we pay an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.
Each year, almost 250,000 children are injured in car crashes, and car accidents are the leading cause of acquired disability nationwide.
Accidents caused by speeding are not really accidents at all. They are crashes that could have been prevented if the driver of the vehicle were not so selfish as to disregard the law and drive at excessive speeds and risks the chance of injuring themselves and others.
If you feel the need to speed, try leaving earlier so that you are on time.
Teen Board Member Myson Jones is a senior at Aiken High School