Why are California speed limits so strictly enforced? Sure, it may
seem like the state is just trying to siphon money out of your wallet,
but the reason that the speed limits are there and that the fines are
so high is to keep California drivers safe. Speeding is dangerous!
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, fatal crashes
caused by speeding kill 1,000 Americans every month!
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, speeding
increases the likelihood and severity of a fatal crash in 3 different
- It increases the amount of space your vehicle travels between the
time you see an emergency and the time you react to that emergency by
trying to stop. No matter how cat-like your reflexes are, it still
takes a few seconds for the nerve signals to travel from your eyes to
your brain to your foot. The faster you are going, the closer your car
will be to the obstacle before you can even start slowing down.
- Once you've hit the brakes, the time it takes your car to stop also
increases based on how fast you were going.
- If you do crash into something, the faster you are going, the more
force the crash will generate. In fact, speeding increases the amount
of force involved in a crash exponentially!
In 2002, 1468 people were killed in speeding-related car crashes in
California, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration and published in a report titled
“Analysis of Speeding-Related Fatal Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes."
Consider that next time you are in a hurry. Is it really worth the