Speeding

01/01/2018
Posted in Speed

Speeding

Overview

It’s 50 for a reason!

The difference of a few kilometres per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens.

If you kill someone while speeding, you will have to live with the long-term emotional consequences.

Speed limits are there for a reason.

Speeding endangers everyone on the road. We all know the frustrations of modern life and juggling a busy schedule. But speed limits are there to protect you and others on the road. Speed also affects your safety even when you’re driving the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as during bad weather, when a road is under repair, or in an area at night that isn’t well lit.

Speeding endangers not only the life of the speeder, but all of the people on the road around them and law enforcement personnel. It is a problem we all need to help solve. SafeRoads Uganda provides guides and educational material to help spread the message about safe driving, including tips on what you can do if you encounter an aggressive driver on the road.

 

Risky business

It’s not that hard to work out that speeding increases the risk of a crash and the severity of the crash outcome.

The risk of causing death or injury in an urban 50km/h speed zone increases rapidly even with relatively small increases in speed. If you are driving are 65km/h in a 50km/h speed zone you are doubling your chances of having a crash. At 70km/h, your risk of having a crash is more than four times the risk at 50km/h.

Speed – km/h Risk relative to 50km/h
65 Double
70 4 times
75 11 times
80 32 times

The risk of a crash when driving at 58km/h in a 50km/h zone is the same as driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08. The risk of a crash when driving at 72km/h in a 60km/h zone is the same as driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.12.

A key issue in speeding-related crashes is that most motorists underestimate the distance needed to stop. A car travelling at 60km/h in dry conditions takes about 38 metres to stop. A car travelling at 80km/h needs an extra 20 metres.

The message is simple ‘Don’t Rush’

In order to help raise awareness of the issue surrounding speeding, SafeRoads Uganda uses the road safety speeding campaign ‘Don’t Rush’ in its communication campaigns. The campaign focuses around the need to reinforce the crash consequences of speeding, and to contribute to an overall reduction in the road toll. It is important that communities are conscious of the emotional and physical impact on others road trauma has. Therefore the ‘Don’t Rush’ campaign also focuses on encouraging community caution amongst peers in speaking out against other in their peer group who don’t stick to the road rules.