Is it worth the risk?Blurred car speeding on highway

If you speed you increase your risk of serious injury or death if you crash.  Let's look at the facts - even a small increase in speed impacts on your casualty crash risk and your stopping distance.  For example, if you are travelling in a 60km/h zone at 70km/h your risk of death or injury in a crash is increased by 4 times and the odds increase greatly with your speed - 80km/h and the risk is 32 times. 

Speed will increase both the reaction distance, and the braking distance. A driver travelling at faster speeds will have covered more ground in between spotting and reacting to a hazard than a driver travelling at a slower speed, so the speeding driver is more likely to crash.

Speed is the biggest killer on our roads.  It was a factor in the deaths of 857 people over five years 2006-2010.

Speeding is not just driving faster than the posted speed limit. It is also driving too fast for the prevailing weather, light, traffic and road conditions without full regard for the vehicle condition and driver skills and experience.

You save only a maximum of 46 seconds over a 10 kilometre distance if you travel at 65 km/h instead of 60 km/h, however, it doubles the risk of being involved in a casualty crash. In fact delays are more likely to be associated with other traffic, traffic controls such as roundabouts and traffic lights and road geometry such as curves and grades. So, you only save the full 46 seconds in the rare circumstance of a relatively straight road, with no impeding traffic and no signals, stop signs, give ways or roundabouts.

Check out the RMS Crashlab video showing the difference in crashing head-on at 60km/h compared to 100km/h.

Safer Roads NSW provides further information on speeding, limits and cameras.

The Don't Rush campaign run by Transport for NSW highlights the crash consequences of speeding.

If you would like further information on speed, please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on 02 4232 0444.