The Consequences of Speeding While Driving

The Consequences of Speeding While Driving

Speeding is involved in about 26% of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2018, speeding killed 9,378 drivers. We all know the frustrations of modern life and juggling a busy schedule, but speed limits are put in place to protect all road users.

Speeding also affects your safety when driving the speed limit but too fast for road conditions. This is true especially in bad weather, when a road is under repair, or in an area at night that isn’t well lit.

Speeding endangers the speeder’s life and all of the people on the road around them, including law enforcement officers. It is a problem we all need to help solve.


Speeding is more than just breaking the law. The consequences are far-ranging. Below is a list of the consequences of speeding.

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control;
  • Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment;
  • Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger;
  • Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries;
  • Economic implications of a speed-related crash; and
  • Increased fuel consumption/cost.

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