WOULD YOU GAMBLE A LIFE FOR 30 SECONDS?
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?