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Understanding the dangers of ignoring the speed limit

Every day, thousands of people commute on the busy roads in Mississippi and many of these people are in an exceptional hurry. In fact, speeding is a much more prevalent problem than many people realize and one that can put everyone around the reckless driver, at a high risk of injury or death. While ignoring the speed limit may not seem like a big deal to some, it is imperative that everyone understand the dangers of speeding in an effort to encourage everyone to be more responsible. 

According to Forbes Magazine, a survey found that in a 10-year period, car accidents where speed was a contributing factor, killed nearly as many people as drunk driving accidents. While many people openly acknowledge the dangers of speeding and are aware of its consequences, they also agree that it is a problem that is prevalent all over the United States. Another study reported finding that roughly 10,000 people are killed each year in car accidents caused by excessive speed. 

Nationwide Insurance reminds people that speed limits are posted for a reason and that failing to abide by the law can cost people their license and increase the premiums they are required to pay on their insurance in the future. Other consequences include fines and penalties to a person’s driving record. It is important that people pay close attention to road signs that warn of reduced speed zones for construction, school crossings and bus stops among other things. People should also significantly reduce their speed and be extra cautious in parking lots.  

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