Has this ever happened to you? It’s one of those mornings. You know the kind where everything seems to be going a little wrong. You hit snooze a few too many times, the dog has peed on the rug again, the coffee maker is acting up and you could only find one shoe. When it’s all said and cleaned up, you’re getting out the door 10 minutes late.
With a morning meeting on your schedule that you can’t be late for, you need to make up some time. Once you get on I-10, you decide to put the pedal to the metal. Before long you’re flying by semi-trucks, minivans and SUVs. That is, until the red lights come on behind you.
Does speeding really get you there faster?
Research has demonstrated surprisingly little gains from speeding—unless you’re on an extended road trip. Since the average commute time for the Mobile area is around 25 minutes, there is little time to be gained. And don’t get me started on what happens to your time savings when you factor in stoplights, traffic congestion and, ahem, traffic stops.
Doing the math for speeding
Here’s a breakdown of the difference speeding makes:
- 15-mile trip, 55 mph speed limit, 10 miles over the speed limit: 2.51 minutes saved
- 30-mile trip, 55 mph speed limit, 10 miles over the speed limit: 5.04 minutes saved
- 50-mile trip, 55 mph speed limit, 10 miles over the speed limit: 8.4 minutes saved
What it means for you
Say you’re driving on I-10 and you speed 10 miles over the limit and your commute is 20 miles. You’ll save just over four minutes. Now, let’s say that you’ve pushed your speed up to 20 mph over the limit. You’ll reach your destination 7.27 minutes earlier. Is it worth the consequences?
The true cost of speeding
Beyond the ticket, which could involve fines of $177 or more, there are larger costs to consider. According to an article in Forbes, car insurance rates soar for a driver with a single moving violation (speeding, running a stop sign, careless or reckless driving, etc.) on their record. Drivers with one violation on their record will, on average, pay 18 percent more for their car insurance policy. The costs increase to 34 percent more for drivers with two violations. The rates will jump by more than 50 percent after three violations. Other costs of speeding can include:
- Increased fuel consumption
- Increased likelihood of accidents
- Increased stress
When you get the ticket
We’ve already seen what having even just one speeding ticket on your record can do to your insurance rates. But what happens if the violation is worse? Reckless driving or a DUI, for instance. The next time you end up in court, you may be facing harsher penalties than you otherwise would have. Whether it’s a speeding ticket or worse, an experienced criminal defense attorney can devise a defense strategy that can help you in your pursuit of the best possible outcome for your case.