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A closer look at the dangerous habit of speeding

At one point or another, all California drivers have probably found themselves speeding. For some, it is a conscious decision in an effort to get somewhere faster or experience a bit of adrenaline. For others, it may be in an attempt to avoid traffic or impress a passenger. There are even people who do not realize they are speeding because they may be preoccupied with something else while they are driving. However, speeding, no matter what the reason, is incredibly dangerous and puts everyone around the speeding motorist at risk of serious injury or death. 

Speeding is a much more common behavior than many people many recognize. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are several factors that could contribute to a person's decision to speed. These include the following:

  • Blatant ignorance and disregard for others.
  • Running late to an appointment or commitment.
  • Traffic that is causing delays.

While speeding may appear as a potentially effective alternative to following the rules in order to get somewhere faster, the consequences can be debilitating and inconvenient. In fact, speeding can reduce a person's ability to react to danger, increase his or her risk of losing control and reduce the effectiveness of components designed to provide protection in a crash. Speeding may also contribute to excessive gas consumption and wear tear on a person's vehicle. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenage drivers are much more likely to engage in reckless driving behavior, like speeding, than older and more experienced motorists.  

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