Speed Kills in Car Accidents in North and South Carolina

Greensboro police are among many law enforcement officials throughout the state who recently took part in a “No need 2 speed” campaign when they applied a zero tolerance policy for speeding drivers on interstates and roadways throughout North Carolina, according to News & Record.

The campaign was initiated to reduce the number of speed-related car accidents in Greensboro and throughout the state.
Charlotte Business Journal recently reported the success of the program when last November almost 27,000 North Carolina motorists were cited for speeding throughout the state during the last campaign. Our Carolina car accident attorneys agree that speeding is a tremendous danger — for every 10 mph you driver over 50, your chances double of being in a serious or fatal car accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that speed-related crashes cost Americans approximately $23 billion a year according to the “Speed Shatters Life” campaign’s Think Fast Brochure.

Other speed-related facts found in the brochure include:
-An average of 1,000 fatalities occurs each month in speed-related crashes.

-Repeat offenders are more likely to be involved in fatal speed-related crashes, meaning drivers typically have prior traffic violations.

-60% of all speed-related fatal crashes occur from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and occur on rural roadways.

-Single vehicles are involved in 66% of all speed-related crashes.

-Speeding has economic and environmental costs. Most passenger cars and light trucks use 50% more fuel traveling at 75mph than they do when traveling the normal speed limit set at 55 mph.

One resolution to help law enforcement officials maintain proper speed limits is the placement of speed cameras along highways and interstates. Yahoo News reports the placement of speed cameras on Interstate 95 in Ridgeland, SC is brewing a major controversy between highway safety advocates and state lawmakers.

The strategically placed cameras have caught thousands of drivers violating the speed limit on camera — they are then mailed a $133 ticket a couple of weeks later. Drivers are forewarned by a white sign that states “Photo-Radar Assisted Speed Enforcement” as they enter the small town.

Lawmakers want to shut the cameras down because they consider it an unconstitutional form of law enforcement since not all speeders are ticketed, only those going over 80 mph. They should probably reconsider since the cameras have proven that motorists driving along I-95 are traveling slower. During the first 7 months of 2010, there were 4 fatalities in a total of 55 crashes. From August 2010 to the end of last month there were no deaths and only 38 crashes. Furthermore, since implementing the use of the cameras, there has been a 50% decrease in the number of drivers going over 80 mph.

The state Senate recently voted 40-0 to ban speeding tickets enforced by a photograph and requires tickets to be handed rather than mailed to violators caught traveling over the speed limit.

If you have been injured in a speed-related car accident in Greenville, Anderson, Greensboro or Charlotte, contact the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Lee & Smith for a free and confidential appointment. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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