Many of us begin to head back to the office today with statewide restrictions loosening as we head into the yellow phase. Without school traffic and many continuing to work from home, you may have noticed both emptier highways, and higher speeds.
Since the beginning of March, vehicle traffic in the United States is about half what it was before stay-at-home orders took effect, businesses shut down and schools closed. Recorded travel decreases over the past month include 60 percent in New York, 58 percent in Orlando, 56 percent in Detroit and 56 percent in San Francisco.
With thinner traffic, the way we’ve driven has changed, specifically the higher rate of speed at which we travel.
In New York City, automated speeding cameras issued almost double the number of tickets in March compared to February. The California Highway Patrol reports an 87 percent increase in tickets for speeding in excess of 100 mph since March 19, when the state’s stay-at-home order was implemented.
Aggressive driving is dangerous by nature; it puts the driver, his passengers, and everyone else on the road at an increased risk of crashing. Speeding contributed to 30 percent of fatal crashes and killed an estimated 10,219 people in 2012, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These speeding-related accidents cause significant harm and damages, costing our nation over $40 billion per year, according to the NHTSA.
While we are all looking forward to a return to normal, heading back to the office, and getting back to our lives, it’s important we continue to think about others while traveling.
If you were hurt by an aggressive driving incident, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335 for a free consultation.