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When Other People Make Mistakes
May 8, 2015
Becoming complacent with your driving skills and the ability to maneuver a patrol car under any conditions can be a dangerous attitude, especially when it comes to unnecessary speed. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, speed influences the risk of crashes and crash injuries in three basic ways:
- It increases the distance a vehicle travels from the time a driver detects an emergency to the time the driver reacts.
- It increases the distance needed to stop a vehicle once the driver starts to brake.
- It increases the crash energy exponentially. For example, when impact speed increases from 40 to 60 mph (a 50 percent increase), the energy that needs to be managed increases by 125 percent.
The New Zealand Transport Agency has produced a creative video, “Speed ad - Mistakes,” meant to influence drivers on the speeds they choose to travel at. Take a minute to view this powerful video - it may change the way you drive.
Wear your seatbelt, watch your speed, and practice SAFE driving!
The SAFE Driving Campaign is a POST initiative focused on reducing fatal and serious injury law enforcement traffic collisions nationwide. For further information regarding the SAFE Driving Campaign, visit the SAFE Driving Campaign on the POST Website or contact:
Janna Munk, POST Senior Consultant
Training Program Services Bureau