Slow and steady wins the race

Motorists are urged to proudly slow down to reduce the risks of road trauma due to speeding with the hash tag “#snailedit”.

It’s no myth that lower speeds save lives. Despite years of warnings, education campaigns and police enforcement, speeding is still the major contributing factor towards death and serious injury on Western Australian roads.

Speed contributed to more than a third of all road fatalities in 2016, killing 65 people in Western Australia. There were a further 221 serious injuries in crashes where speeding was a factor.

It’s simple – the faster you travel, the less time you have to react to emergencies or to stop. And if you do crash, the faster you are travelling, even if within the speed limit, the greater the risk of injury to you and your passengers.

An alert driver’s reaction time is about 1.5 seconds, so at 60km/h, you’ll travel 25 metres in the time it takes for a message to get from your brain to your foot.

Braking distance is the distance you travel between hitting the brakes and coming to a complete stop. At 60km/h, you’ll travel another 20 metres, assuming the weather, road and vehicle conditions are good.

The risk of being involved in a crash resulting in injury in a 60km/h speed zone doubles with every 5km/h increase in driving speed. Travelling at 65km/h doubles risk, and at 70km/h the risk is increased by a factor of four.

Slowing down is the single biggest contribution to can make to reduce road trauma on our roads.

At slower speeds, the time taken to recognise and react to hazards is reduced, as is your stopping distance. There is more opportunity for you and other road users to avoid a collision, and it is also less likely that a driver will lose control.

Join the Industry Road Safety Alliance and “snail it” on the roads.