Speeding is a major factor in crashes that cause serious injury and death. Speeding doesn’t just mean driving above the speed limit, it means driving too fast for the conditions.
Speeds just over 5km/h above the speed limit in urban areas, and 10km/h above the speed limit in rural areas, are sufficient to double the risk of a casualty crash.
There are common myths about speeding, but they are easily busted by the facts.
The laws of physics don’t change depending on how good a driver you are. The greater the speed, the more likely you are to lose control of your car and the longer it will take you to stop. It’s harder to avoid a crash when you’re speeding because you have less time to respond to the unexpected.
How bad the injuries are following a crash is directly related to how fast cars were travelling at the time. Your speed determines what happens if you hit another person or vehicle. The faster you go, the greater the injuries. The chances a pedestrian hit by a car will die increases rapidly with relatively small increases in speed. For example, a pedestrian hit by a vehicle at 40km/h has a 70% chance of survival, hit at 45km/h the pedestrian has a 50% chance of survival.
Speed cameras are placed in areas known for having problems with excessive speed and where there is a history of crashes causing death or serious injury.
Here's a few things you can do to stay to avoid speed-related collisions.