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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