ASHEVILLE, NC – Starting Monday, March 29th, Asheville police will kick off a “No Need 2 Speed” campaign in conjunction with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, placing an extra emphasis on speed enforcement on the interstates and local roadways.
The campaign runs through April 4.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 4–34 and speeding is a factor in nearly a third of all fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Speeding is a choice over which the driver has complete control, so the APD Traffic Safety Unit urges drivers to pay attention to their speed and following distance. A good rule of thumb is that for every 10 mph you travel, there should be at least one car length between your vehicle and the one in front of you. For example, on a roadway with a posted speed limit of 50 mph, you should try to stay at least 5 car lengths from the car in front of you. This will give you time to react to the car in front of you if it stops suddenly.
Keep in mind that speeding is a triple threat:
1. It increases the likelihood of crashing.
2. It reduces the amount of available time to avoid a crash.
3. It increases the severity of a crash once it occurs.
When you’re behind the wheel, driving should be your top priority, and that includes adherence to speed limits.
For more information on the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and its initiatives, go to www.ncdot.org/programs/ghsp/.