The price of speed

Motorcycles are especially vulnerable to collisions on bends and curves, where deceleration, leaning and acceleration occurs and the stability of the motorcycle is at stake with loss of friction and control more likely. Photo: DPTI.

The high number of people caught speeding on Hills roads in a single month is, as SA Police Superintendent Bob Gray said, astounding.
Since police began targetting our region at the beginning of October, more than 2500 people have been caught flouting speed limits, and two lives have already been tragically lost on Hills roads.
Of those caught, more than 50 were detected at 30km/h or more above the limit.
According to police statistics, last year the Hills and Fleurieu region recorded the highest number of road deaths compared with any other region in SA.
And yet motorists and motorbike riders continue to risk their lives, and the lives of law-abiding drivers, by ignoring speed limits introduced for everybody’s safety.
Death or permanent disability is an extraordinarily high price to pay for the sake of a short thrill or a few minutes shaved off a journey.
But speeders don’t only risk their own lives. According to the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, the risk of a casualty crash doubles with each 10km/h increase in speed on higher speed rural roads.
Speeders’ actions endanger every other road user and have far reaching impacts beyond their own family and social circle.
Families are broken and survivors at fault are often trapped in a prison of guilt that lasts far longer than any court sentence.
Unnecessary and untimely deaths on our roads are tragedies that no family should face, often leaving wounds that never heal.
They also leave lasting impacts on emergency responders – often volunteers – who are forced week after week to front horrific accidents, sometimes involving people they know from their own communities.
Humans make errors and accidents will happen. But motorists have a responsibility to do everything in their power to keep themselves and others safe.
Obeying traffic laws – like following speed limits and avoiding distractions like phones – are simple ways to ensure everyone on our roads has the best possible chance of making it home.
So before we get behind the wheel or jump on the bike this month, let’s heed SA Police’s advice and slow down on our roads, lest our lives or the lives of our loved ones – or even someone we’ve never met – are changed permanently in the most devastating way.