Holidays are meant to be a joyful time, but the Christmas holidays are accompanied by a staggering toll on our nation’s highways. According to the National Safety Council, there is an average of 343 fatalities in traffic deaths each year during the three day Christmas holiday period. Excess speed is a factor in approximately 70 percent of those accidents, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
A vehicle traveling faster than another one on the Causeway usually ends up at the same traffic light when exiting the bridge. That is because speeding does not significantly decrease one’s commute time. Theoretically, traveling 10 mph faster on the Causeway saves you approximately 2 minutes. The risks aren’t worth the little you might gain in time – not to mention the ticket too.
So, although it would be great to fly over Christmas holiday traffic in Santa’s sleigh, please travel the speed limit. Not only are speeding tickets expensive and accidents can cost your life, Santa is always watching to see if you have been naughty or nice!