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Dangers Of Speeding

The penalties for speeding in New York may seem harsh, but you should remember that speeding is dangerous. Going too fast affects your driving in the following ways:

  • Makes it harder to steer around curves and making it easier to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Increases the distance your car goes during the time it takes you to see a hazard on the road ahead, process the information, and tell your foot to hit the brakes.
  • Increases the distance your car travels before it comes to a stop after you hit the brakes.

In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 30% of all fatal crashes nationwide in 2005 were caused by speeding. The death toll was 13,113 people, people who might still be alive today if someone had just lightened up on the gas pedal a little bit! Of those 13,113 people, 456 were New Yorkers. In terms of the number of speeding-related fatalities in 2005, New York ranked 8th in the nation.

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