Speeding endangers the person behind the wheel as well as any other driver, bicyclist or pedestrian in the vicinity.
In Wisconsin, speeding ranks alongside reckless driving and operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs when it comes to the number of demerit points the DMV applies to the driver’s record.
According to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, speeding has played a significant role in about one-third of all motor vehicle deaths every year for more than two decades. A speeding driver can lose control of his or her vehicle and may not be able to adjust for the increased stopping distance required if an emergency situation arises. The potential for a crash increases along with the possibility of severe injuries.
Why people speed
People often speed due to anger or frustration with traffic congestion or with drivers who slow them down. Speeding is also the result of running late for work, school or an appointment. It is a type of aggressive behavior that most drivers only exhibit on occasion, but for some, speeding is a normal daily activity.
Consequences of demerit points
In Wisconsin, demerit points will go onto a person’s driving record for speeding along with every other kind of traffic citation. The DMV will add a maximum six points since speeding is a serious offense, along with reckless driving, attempting to elude a law enforcement officer or a conviction for drunk driving. Any driver who accumulates 12 points or more during a 12-month period faces the suspension of his or her driving privileges. The serious consequences of a speeding citation include substantial fines and an increase in auto insurance premiums. However, anyone so charged deserves a defense that results in the best outcome possible.