Lower Speed Limit on MD 99 Will Improve SafetyMay 29, 2019
Speeding is one of the top causes of serious car accidents in Maryland and across the country. The impact of a crash, and the resulting injuries and property damage, tends to be much worse when the vehicle is traveling at a high speed. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) recently reduced the speed limit on MD 99 between MD 32 and Woodstock Road in Howard County from 50 miles per hour (mph) to 40 mph. This will improve the safety for residents, motorists, students, and pedestrians who live and work in the area.
According to the MDOT SHA Administrator, the speed limit adjustment was made after examining this stretch of MD 99, which is populated with schools, businesses, farms, and residences. That means that motorists and pedestrians of all ages are driving to work, walking to school, or running errands. Safety officials agreed that the 50 mph speed limit was too fast, and that a 40 mph speed limit would improve the safety in that area. The new speed limit signs have already been installed.
In addition to lowering the speed limit along the section of MD 99, where close to 6,000 motorists travel every day, MDOT SHA also upgraded the signs at Marriotts Ridge High School to a fluorescent yellow/green. The bright new colors will be more effective at alerting motorists to slow down.
Dangers of Speeding
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 9,700 people were fatally injured in speeding-related car accidents in 2017 alone. When a motorist is driving too fast, they are endangering their own life, as well as other motorists who are sharing the road. The following are examples of the negative consequences of speeding:
- The motorist is more likely to lose control of the vehicle.
- Injuries and property damage are likely to be more severe.
- Vehicle requires a greater stopping distance if the driver needs to come to a sudden stop.
- The vehicle’s protection equipment is less effective when the vehicle crashes at a high speed.
- The costs associated with a high-speed crash, including property damage and injuries, is likely to be much higher compared to an accident where speeding was not involved.
- Speeding uses more fuel, so there is an increased cost associated with speeding.
In some cases, speeding is a sign of aggressive driving, which can be very dangerous. If you notice that another driver is speeding, weaving in and out of lanes, honking their horn, or using obscene hand gestures, put distance between yourself and that driver. Call 911 if you think the driver is jeopardizing the safety of other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians in the vicinity.
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