Speed

Each and every roadway in Minnesota has a posted speed limit. That speed limit was determined by traffic engineers for the city, county or state, depending upon the jurisdiction of that roadway. Much more research, thought and experimentation goes into determining speed limits than the general public would ever expect. Despite the careful and considerate manner in which the speed limits are determined, most of us don't follow them. Exceeding the posted speed limit is probably the most frequently broken law in our culture today. Most people feel that speed limits are recommendations. Motorists who knowingly break the speed limit do so because they either don't believe the limits apply to them, believe the risk of being caught to be very low or find the posted speed to be inconsistent with a safety or health risk. People who would otherwise never disobey the law often find the posted speed limit and speed enforcement (officers, deputies or troopers who stop motorists and write citations for speed) something to avoid like a ball in a dodge ball game. All of these perceptions and beliefs are common, though they are in line with the data or research about speeding.

Speeding on Wright County roadways is a contributing factor in as many as one third of all fatal crashes. Fatal crashes are only a small part of the total safety picture. In addition, many people are injured in speed-related crashes. The economic cost to society of these crashes is outrageous. NHTSA research has shown that crashes in which at least one driver was exceeding the legal speed limit or driving too fast for conditions cost $40.4 billion in 2000, representing about 20% of the total economic cost of motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.

 

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WEAR A SEAT BELT :
Seat belts save lives. Every person should buckle up in every seat every time.

DRIVE THE SPEED LIMIT :
Drive safe, drive smart, and drive the speed limit.

CONCENTRATE ON DRIVING :
Crashes aren't accidents. Pay attention always!

DRIVE SOBER :
Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Impairment begins with the first drink. Never drive drunk or get into a vehicle with a drunk driver!

 


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