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By Cpl. Brianna Turner | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | August 12, 2013

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Speeding is a deliberate and calculated behavior where the driver knows the risk but ignores the danger.

Many people agree that driving 100 mph is dangerous, but exceeding the speed limit by just five mph in the wrong place can be just as fatal.

Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that when speed limits were raised by many states in 1996, motor vehicle fatalities went up significantly on Interstate highways in those states.

Speed reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash, increases the likelihood of crashing and increases the severity of a crash once it occurs.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 13,000 lives were lost across America in speeding-related traffic crashes in 2005.

NHTSA considers a crash to be speeding-related if the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense, or if the responding officer indicated the driver was driving too fast for conditions at the time, or was exceeding the posted speed limit. 

According to NHTSA, a crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below.

Speeding is usually defined as driving in excess of the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions and can have dangerous consequences including:
• Reducing a driver’s ability to negotiate curves or maneuver around obstacles in the roadway.
• Extending the distance traveled before a vehicle can stop.
• Increasing the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a hazard.
• Increasing the risk of crashes and injuries because other vehicles and pedestrians may not be able to judge distance accurately.

For more information read the Marine Corps Traffic Safety Program, MCO 5100.19F or visit one of these safety sites:
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811751.pdf
http://www.safercar.gov/SummerDrivingTips
http://www.ite.org/traffic/tcdevices.asp
http://trafficsafetymarketing.gov/