The dangers of speeding are many and should be considered an unnecessary risk to take. Unfortunately most people speed to test the abilities of their cars, wits, and reflexes against the speed limit posted on our streets, roads and highways. People of all ages, genders, economic classes and ethnic backgrounds speed, but we seem to have some common reasons for doing so. Some of us speed because we are late, others have a total disregard for the law, and still others just don’t pay attention. My report will focus on the responsibilities we have as drivers; the risks we take when we choose to speed; and the repercussions we face when we make that decision to break the law.
As licensed drivers, we have a responsibility to ourselves, our passengers, other drivers, pedestrians and property. It is up to us to ensure that we are taking into consideration all the factors that play a part in operating a motorized vehicle. Safety must be key. That includes being aware of our surroundings, what’s ahead and behind, being attentive, and above all, following the law of our nation. Choosing to drive is an action with great responsibility that should not be taken lightly.
In my case, a school zone was the location in which I decided to exhibit irresponsibility. At the time of the incident, I was unaware that the speed of my vehicle could seriously injure or kill an innocent child on his or her way home from school. My rush to work is not in any way an excuse to put others in harm's way. What if a child who had to walk to one of the nearby houses unprecariously ran out in front of me while I was doing a menial task like turning up the radio? My vehicle was going too fast to simply slam on brakes, thus the child would have been hit. A reprimand from my boss or even being written up is not worth the risk of ruining someone else's day.