Select drivers never exceed the speed limit. Some speed occasionally, and others ignore the speed limit on a regular basis. In the state of Ohio, speeding is a common traffic violation, one that can result in onerous, far-reaching consequences that you may not have considered.

A little background

For more than 20 years, speeding has consistently been the cause of about one-third of all motor vehicle deaths in our country. In 2016, 10,111 people died in traffic fatalities related to speeding. Giving in to excessive speed not only endangers the driver, but also other drivers in the vicinity, as well as pedestrians and cyclists.

Why it occurs

Too much to do and too little time is one reason people speed. Everyone is in a hurry to get someplace. Most people have busy schedules, and speeding becomes second nature, a way to arrive on time, or as close to on time, as possible. Frustration with traffic congestion is also a factor. Once an irritable driver is free of a bottleneck, he or she may exhibit aggressive driving behavior to compensate for lost time. A vehicle also provides anonymity; the speeding driver feels insulated when behind the wheel and displays little regard for others.

The consequences

If you receive a speeding ticket, you may feel that all you have to do is pay it and move on. However, a speeding violation adds points to your record. Subsequent tickets add more points. Courtesy of modern technology, anyone can access your record. Having a blemished record could cause people to see you as untrustworthy. One example of this is an employer can pass you over for a new job. The points on your record could also cause your auto insurance rates to soar.

Looking ahead

The best course of action is to not exceed the speed limit and refrain from reckless driving behavior. However, if law enforcement tickets you, explore your legal options without delay. The goal is having the penalties reduced, if possible, or the charge against you dismissed altogether.