Statistics show speeding nearly as deadly as drunk driving

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MICHIGAN (WJRT) (11/02/2017) - Police are encouraging drivers to take speeding more seriously, especially in bad weather when the roads are slick.

"Our society now is rush, rush, rush," said Michigan State Police Trooper Amy Belanger. "We're just trying to get from point A to point B and sometimes we're in a hurry, sometimes we're not paying attention. But, I definitely see an increase as the years go by that people are starting to speed more and more."

Trooper Belanger said it doesn't matter if it's a highway, back road or driving through town, someone is always speeding.

She pointed out the faster you drive, the longer it takes to slow down, resulting in more and more crashes -- and more serious crashes.

Michigan State Police statistics from 2016 show alcohol was a factor in nearly 26 percent of deadly crashes and speed was a factor in a little over 20 percent. That's only a 6 percent difference.

"I've dealt with fatalities where speed did play a part and nothing's harder than going and telling a family member that a loved one was killed because somebody was in a hurry to get somewhere and they were going too fast," Belanger said.

If you get caught before a crash, you might just have to pay a fine with your ticket.

But Belanger said, if you're going more than 20 miles over the speed limit, you're potentially looking at a misdemeanor charge with a 93-day jail sentence.



 
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