According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding killed almost 9,400 motorists in 2018, that’s 26% of all traffic fatalities in that year. Of those, 48% were not wearing a seat belt. For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities.
While appearing on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse, Lieutenant Erik Jorgensen of the Wyoming Highway Patrol told listeners although he’s glad to see trends in traveling, he has also had to cite four motorists for traveling over 100 miles per hour in just a month’s time.
Jorgensen has heard many different reasons from the people he stops for speeding.
According to the NHTSA, “running late” is one of the most used reasons reported to traffic officers for speeding. Jorgensen suggests planning ahead for delays that could arise during your commute to work or school.
Jorgensen also suggests driving speeds suited for current conditions, bad weather and slick roads. Many less experienced drivers may not realize that the weather and road surface can change quickly in Wyoming, resulting in unsafe driving conditions for even the posted speed limits.
The NHTSA states that other consequences of speeding are a 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 and increased fuel consumption and cost.