Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Hello again read­ers and wel­come to the fourth topic in this se­ries where Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice (pic­tured Moss­man Po­lice sta­tion of­fi­cer-in­charge sergeant Matthew Smith) pull apart each of The Fa­tal Five con­tribut­ing fac­tors to se­ri­ous traf­fic crashes, and have a look at each of them in a bit more de­tail. This week we’ll have a look at one of the most well known of the Fa­tal 5: #4 Speed­ing. Speed­ing can be de­fined as when a mo­tor ve­hi­cle is trav­el­ling at a rate which is well above what is con­sid­ered an ac­cept­able bal­ance be­tween ef­fi­cient travel and the safety of other road users. And therein lies the rea­son­ing be­hind speed lim­its. The sim­ple fact of the mat­ter is that the faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop and the harder you hit. It’s physics — end of story. The time ‘saved’ through speed­ing is re­ally quite neg­li­gi­ble in the scheme of things. Say that you have to dash off for an ap­point­ment which is 10kms away and the posted speed limit is 80km/h all the way. For the pur­pose of the ex­er­cise let’s say that you could tech­ni­cally travel at and main­tain that 80km/h speed all the way to your des­ti­na­tion. It can be de­ter­mined that the trip would take you seven min­utes and 30 sec­onds. Now let’s sur­mise that you de­cide to put the pedal to the metal a bit and main­tain 90km/h in that same 80km/h zone. That trip will take you six min­utes and 40 sec­onds. Will that 50 sec­onds save the day?

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