The dangers of speeding and the effect on your record

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2018 | Firm News

Speeding has been a factor in about a third of all vehicle crash fatalities recorded for more than 20 years, and many of those who die are teens. Driving too fast endangers others. If convicted of speeding, demerit points will go on your record, which is not a good way to begin the rest of your life.

A teenage viewpoint

When a young driver gets behind the wheel, the first common issue is that he or she may feel invincible. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teens are more likely than older motorists to make poor driving decisions. They are also more likely to speed. Furthermore, in a 2015 survey, 61 percent of teens polled admitted that they did not always wear a seat belt, especially as a passenger.

The results of speeding

If you are speeding, you are at risk of losing control of your vehicle and causing a crash that may result in serious injuries to yourself and others. For one thing, there is the involvement of increased stopping distances, and you may not recognize or be able to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. In the event of a crash, excessive speed may reduce the effectiveness of the safety equipment in your vehicle.

Why speeding occurs

Speeding is a form of aggression. You may become frustrated by slow-moving traffic and accelerate to get around it. On the other hand, you may simply be running late for a class, an event or an appointment. Once again, as a teen, that feeling of invincibility comes into play, a belief that nothing bad will happen to you.

Adding points

In the state of New Hampshire, your driving record may have demerit points for any number of reasons, including speeding, road racing and disobeying a police officer. The number of demerits depends on the severity of the offense, and the points you accumulate will remain on your record for at least the next three years. During that time, you may want to apply to college or get a job. Because of those demerit points on your record, you may run into roadblocks when pursuing your goals, causing you to wonder if speeding was worth the price.