Speeding is one of the most crucial risk factors for road traffic accidents. The negative consequences of driving arise from driver errors and, especially, speeding on highways. The speed limit was introduced to improve road safety because it helps maintain order on the roads and avoid accidents.
Even the most professional drivers make mistakes on the road. It is important to mention that by exceeding the speed limit, the driver runs the risk of not having time to align himself to prevent collisions with cars. If the driving speed is high, the driver will not have time to stop the vehicle in an emergency. Wali et al. (2018) state that there is a visible link between crash involvement risk and exceeding the speed limit. Exceeding the established speed limits on the roads is the most dangerous factor contributing to the significant increase in road accidents.
One of the most common reasons for speeding is the driver’s desire to show off his driving skills. When driving at high speed, the driver enjoys the driving experience and, therefore, underestimates the likelihood of imminent danger. One slightest mistake while driving at high speed can cause property damage or even death. Road traffic accidents are the major basis of death for people between 5 and 20 years of age worldwide (World Health Organization, 2020). By following the rules of the road and speed limits, drivers save the lives of themselves and others.
To summarize, road speed control measures reduce the risk of accidents, injury, and death. The safety of pedestrians and drivers is more dependent on speed limits and strict adherence to traffic rules. The speed limit is crucial because even the slightest mistake can lead to disastrous and irreparable results.
Wali, B., Ahmed, A., & Ahmad, N. (2018). An ordered-probit analysis of enforcement of road speed limits. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Transport, 171(4), 225-234.
World Health Organization. (2020). Health at a glance: Asia/Pacific 2020: Measuring progress towards universal health coverage. OECD Publishing.
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