Centre for Road Safety

When did we get so casual about speeding? (60 seconds)

[A man in his late 20s is driving a ute on a highway at night. He is talking hands-free to a friend on the phone.]

Driver: Hey mate… yeah I’m on the highway.

Friend: How you travelling?

[The driver looks at his speedo, which reads 108km/h. He does a ‘give-or -take’ hand wobble.]

Driver: Sorta doing 100.

Friend: We’ll see you when you get here, mate.

Driver: Yeah, looking forward to it.

[A woman in her forties drives an SUV on a suburban street. It’s morning and she is chatting to a friend in the passenger seat.]

Passenger: It’s so good, we need to get back.

[The passenger glances at the speedo. The driver responds, giving a ‘give-or-take’ hand wobble.

Driver: 60-ish.

Passenger: …Ish

[A motorcyclist in his 50s rides along a suburban street passing a 50km/h speed limit sign. He looks at the speedo and gives a ‘give-or-take’ hand wobble.]

Motorcyclist: Kinda 50.

[An SUV travels along a rural road. Inside the car, the male driver and female passenger chat. Passing an 85 advisory limit sign, the car approaches a curve in the road. Inside the car, the woman glances anxiously across to the speedo. The driver does a “give-or-take” hand wobble.

Driver: It’s around about 85.

[He loses control and the woman screams as the car crashes.]

[The screen fades to black as a police siren sounds.]

[The same man is sitting at home in an armchair. He has a far-away gaze, a deep scar on his head and his hand wobbles uncontrollably, similar to the ‘give-or-take’ hand wobble.]

[In the background, two kids play noisily on the couch, with their energy underscoring his lifelessness.]

[His wife brings a glass of water and his medication. She puts her hand over his and stops the wobble for a bit. She leaves to deal with the kids squabbling.]

Wife: Boys, boys, stop.

[The man shifts his gaze to the camera, showing the regret, loss and sadness in his eyes.]

Voice-over and captions: Casual speeding is the biggest cause of deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads.

Voice-over and caption: Let’s all stop being so casual about it.

Graphic: Casual Speeding. Every K counts

Logos: NSW Government Waratah & Towards Zero logos.

Graphic: Too many lives lost on NSW roads. Our goal is zero.

End credits: NSW Government, Towards Zero.

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Eddie Woo - Stopping distances (2 minutes, 6 seconds)

[Eddie Woo, mathematics expert is shown at Transport for NSW’s Cudal road safety testing facility.]

EW: Speeding remains the single biggest contributor to Rd Trauma on NSW Roads. It's a factor in more than 40 per cent of fatalities and more than 20 per cent of serious injuries.

[Graphic: Almost 150 people die every year.]

EW: Almost 150 lives are lost on NSW roads every year because of speeding. Even small increases in speed can have severe consequences.

[A series of shots show a man getting into the passenger seat of a car, a woman buckling her seatbelt, a driver’s foot on the brake pedal and the speedometer of the test car.]

EW: If a pedestrian steps into the path of an oncoming vehicle, that vehicle speed can mean the difference between life and death.

[The car is shown on a test track, a crash test dummy is set on the track, the car starts and is drven at the dummy.]

EW:This controlled simulation shows that the faster you go, the longer it takes to stop.

[Graphic shows that at 40km/h, the stopping distance is 27 metres.]

EW: At 40 kilometres per hour it takes 27 metres to stop. At 50 kilometres per hour it takes 37 metres.

[Graphic shows that at 50km/h, the stopping distance is 37 metres.]

[Close-up of the woman in the passenger seat shows her alarm as the car brakes harshly.]

Woman: Ahh, OK.

EW: OK, at 60 kilometres per hour it takes 56 metres.

[The car speeds toward the crash test dummy; the man in the passenger seat braces himself as the car brakes harshly to stop just in front of the dummy.]

[Graphic: At 60km/h, the stopping distance is 56m]

[The crash test dummy is replaced by a mother and daughter, who stand together in the middle of the test track.]

EW: A car travelling at 80km/h takes almost 100 metres to stop.

[The test car speeds along the track towards the mother and daughter, the speedometer shows 80km/h.]

[Close-up of woman shows her alarm as the says: Whoo-whoo. Stop, stop, stop.]

[Close-up of man shows him yelling: Slow down man, whoo.]

[The car stops just in front of the family.]

[The man rubs his head in relief and says: Man.]

EW: Speed always increases the reaction distance and the braking distance, even if the weather and road conditions are fine.

[Graphic shows at a speed of 40km/h the stopping distance is 27, at 50km/h the stopping distance is 37m, at 60km/h the stopping distance is 56m, at 80km/h the stopping distance is 97m, and at 100km/h the stopping distance is 133m.]

EW: A speeding driver covers more ground between spotting and reacting to a hazard, which makes them more likely to crash.

[The woman clasps her hand to her breast and sighs with relief.]

EW: The human body can only tolerate so much force. The higher the speed, the more energy that's distributed on impact, resulting in more devastating road trauma.

[Graphic shows there is a 40 per cent risk of death if a car hits a pedestrian at 40km/h, but there is a 90 per cent chance of death if a car hits a pedestrian at 50km/h.]

EW: In a crash between a car and a pedestrian, there's a 40 per cent risk that a pedestrian will be killed at 40 kilometres per hour, but a 90 per cent risk of death at 50 kilometres per hour.

EW: Your speed decides the outcome and can be the difference between being able to stop in time or not at all. Your speed matters please slow down.

[Graphic: Please slow down. Every K counts.]

[End logos: NSW Government, Towards Zero.]

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