I was just a few miles over the speed limit, officer!

Even some police officers may be heard voicing the opinion that speed, on its own, does not cause crashes. But in safety terms this belief is highly flawed.

Many drivers resent being fined for speeding and some people say that speeding is not dangerous.

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Even some police officers may be heard voicing the opinion that speed, on its own, does not cause crashes. But both of these viewpoints are highly flawed because they are inevitably based on the person’s relatively limited experience, even if it happens to be a police officer who has attended hundreds of road crashes. It remains only anecdotal evidence.

Once large-scale data on this critical issue is viewed — which basically but bluntly means the body-counts for those killed or seriously injured, then the situation takes on a whole new meaning.

This is where the research-based assertions come from which outline, for example, that even small reductions in the average speed of traffic will have a very significant, positive effect on the overall number of casualties — not necessarily on one road, or in one town, or even a county, but nationally and even globally. This is how and why big data wins out over limited information.

For us all, as drivers, there are two key things to remember:

  1. Any fool can drive fast enough to be dangerous,
  2. The Golden Rule of Safe Driving

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Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at: http://www.advanceddrivers.com/ceochief-instructors-resumecvbio/

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