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Fast isn’t always a good idea.

posted Apr 30, 2014, 10:47 AM by Charles Mitchell   [ updated Apr 30, 2014, 10:47 AM ]
Traffic Safety News 
From the Delaware Office of Highway Safety 
Fast isn’t always a good idea 
  
The roadway can be a dangerous place.  Speed limits are designed to protect everyone – drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.  Whether you drive too fast once in a while or all the time, remember that driving fast doesn’t get you anywhere except in trouble.
 
What you need to know
 
When you speed, you’re subject to fines, points on your driver’s license record, or worse—you could injure yourself or someone else.
 
Did you know?

Speed continues to be a major factor in injury and fatal car crashes in Delaware.
Males are twice as likely as females to be involved in a speed related crash serious enough to cause injury. 
 Injury crashes occur every day of the week, but are most common on Friday.
These crashes happen at all times of the day, but tend to peak around the afternoon rush hour.
 
What you can do 
 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends planning ahead as a way to reduce the temptation to drive faster than the posted speed, and offers these simple tips:
 Drive the posted speed limit.  Fewer crashes happen when vehicles are travelling at or about the same speed.
Concentrate.  Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by talking on your cell phone, eating, drinking, or putting on makeup.
 Relax.  Tune the radio to your favorite relaxing music.  Music can calm your nerves and help you to enjoy your time in the car. 
Identify alternate routes.  Try mapping out an alternate route to avoid congestion.  Even if it looks longer on paper, you might find it less congested.

Use public transportation. Public transportation can give you some much needed relief from life behind the wheel. 
Just be late.  If all else fails, just be late.

If you speed and don’t think it’s a big deal, think again.  Delaware law enforcement is on the lookout for speeding drivers. So before you drive fast, think of the consequences.
 
Slow Down.  Arrive Alive DE.

This message is being sent to you by the Office of Highway Safety, who asks you to drive safely at all times.  For more information on this and other traffic safety programs, go to www.ohs.delaware.gov. 
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