I am writing this essay upon the request of the Augusta County Juvenile Court System. I believe that during the time for which I have lost my license I have learned many facts. Facts on why it is unsafe to speed and on the importance of following the speed limits set. For example, one quote which I found to be very true is, "The faster you go, the more likely you are to crash. The faster you crash, the more likely you are to die." While auto accidents themselves injure a person in the United States every 10 seconds, speeding drivers are the cause of nearly 30% of these collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that speeding alone was a contributing factor in almost one-third of all fatal crashes last year.
One thing that speeding does is reduce the time that a driver needs to avoid having a wreck. This increases the chances of crashing and the likelihood that the accident will be serious or even fatal. Secondly, speeding increases the distance needed to stop, which can easily cause someone to hit someone or something. Speeding drivers also may not be able to judge distances as well and just about anything around them could be at a greater risk. Just in this past year, out of the accidents that occurred on holidays 30-40% were caused by speeding alone.
I think a huge part of speeding by teenagers is the fact that many do not realize just how dangerous speeding really is. The reason behind this statement is that I was a speeding teenager, and a lot of my friends are speeding teenagers. I think I would have thought twice about speeding if I knew what a huge danger it was. Not only dangerous to me but to all the other drivers and pedestrians that could be near by. I believe if I would have known some of these facts or seen tapes in driving school on real accidents I would have reconsidered my speeding habits. I must say after researching for this paper alone I learned so much more about speeding...
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