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How speeding leads to accidents

Speed limits are nothing new on New York roadways and neither are drivers who do not observe those speed limits. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,262 people were killed in speed-related accidents in the country in 2014. Speeding is generally defined as driving faster than the posted speed limit, but it also includes driving faster than road conditions allow for, which could mean the actual condition of the road or the condition of the road due to weather events. It is a dangerous and illegal action that many people have no trouble doing.

People speed for many reasons they feel are justified, such as running late and trying to get through congested traffic quicker. Some people speed because they simply do not feel as if speed limit laws are worth observing, or they feel they will not get caught if they do it. Whatever the reason, speeding is dangerous and increases the chances of an accident occurring.

Pulse reports speeding reduces reaction time, making it more difficult for a driver to correct driving patterns or react to something occurring in the roadway. It also increases the time needed to stop, which increases the chances of crashes. Going faster than the set speed limit makes drivers less able to control their vehicles and avoid accident situations.

In addition, speed limits are set for specific reasons. They may be set to help reduce environmental impacts of pollution or to accommodate for certain road conditions. Many speed limits are set to keep those not driving safe. For example, within the city limits, the speed limit may be 25 to help protect pedestrians.

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