Emotional Driving Can Cause Accidents

We’re hoping everyone celebrates with their Valentine this holiday. Yet, did you know, someone who drives with heightened emotions, even overly happy and excited are 10 times more likely to get in a crash. Feeling overly happy, sad, angry, excited or sad can affect driving skills in a negative way without raising red flags like other risk factors do, despite similar dangers. Best to calm down, take a deep breathe, leave early and avoid distracted thinking this Valentine’s Day. 

Slow Down

According to the National Safety Council, speeding is a major factor in traffic deaths and injuries. Excessive speeding reduces the amount of time the driver has to react in a dangerous situation to avoid a crash, increases vehicle stopping distance, and reduces the ability of road safety structures (such as guardrails, impact attenuators, crash cushions, median dividers, and concrete barriers) to protect vehicle occupants in a crash.

Speeding was a factor in 29% of all traffic fatalities in 2021, killing 12,330, or an average of over 33 people per day. The total number of fatal motor-vehicle crashes attributable to speeding was 11,057. A crash is considered speeding-related if the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense or if racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was indicated as a contributing factor in the crash.

Increase in Speed-Related Deaths

2021 was the third consecutive year with an increase of speeding-related deaths. In addition, the percent of deaths involving speeding (29%) is above the historic low set in 2019 when 26% of deaths involved speeding.  Speeding-related deaths increased 7.9% from 2020 and were the most deaths recorded since 2007.

Photo Enforcement Deters Traffic Violations

Speed safety cameras and Red light cameras have been shown to reduce crashes by deterring would-be violators. NovoaGlobal offers photo enforcement cameras that capture traffic violations such as speeding, and red light running. 

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