Time is money, and these days, everyone is pressed for time. Being late is never a good thing. It can tarnish a reputation in several areas: job, family, dates, etc. When someone is late, they can only think of one thing to make up for their lost time, speeding. However, the effects of speeding are often severely underestimated. Speeding is the third leading cause in traffic crashes and accounts for a third of all fatal accidents. There are roughly 13,000 lives lost each year due to speeding. The majority of these fatalities involve drivers who are in a rush or running late.
In addition to the physical dangers, however, speeding can be costly. For every five miles per hour over 60, mileage decreases to where gas costs an extra 24 cents per gallon. Speeding tickets can cost over $1,000, and excessive violations often result in jail time. People have spent over $6 billion in speeding fines in the U.S. alone. The majority of speeding violations result in license suspension and other punishments. All these consequences are risked by countless drivers each day in an attempt to save a few minutes behind the wheel.
Submitted by: Bo Wilson, student at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian and member of the YOVASO Youth Advisory Council