Last week, I shared some stats and information with you about speeding. I want to use this week’s blog entry to provide you with more insight into how speeding is a factor in fatal car crashes.

Speeding isn’t just an interstate problem. Nationally in 2015, 85 percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred on non-interstate roadways — where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or less.

Driving above the posted speed limit or speeding in bad weather conditions dramatically increases the probability that you’ll be involved in a crash. Any time you speed, you’re putting yourself, your passengers, and other drivers and pedestrians at risk.

Speeding greatly reduces your ability to slow a vehicle when necessary or to steer safely around an unexpected curve, another vehicle or hazardous object in the roadway. In school zones or neighborhoods, that can include a child or an animal running across the road.

Our goal is to save lives. We want you to remember that there is a reason posted speed limits exist. The roadways can be a dangerous place and the speed limits are designed to protect everyone – drivers, passengers, pedestrians – everyone! The next time you get behind the wheel, please remember to “Stop Speeding Before It Stops You.”