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MASON CITY, IA – We have all been there where you have somewhere to be and you don’t leave yourself enough time to get there so you try and make up time on the road.
Soon to be licensed driver, Holly Berkey, has spent a lot of time in class, and driving around with her permit, learning about the consequences of being in a hurry behind the wheel.
“If you roll through a stop sign, there could be someone that you run into or someone running into you and so I think you need to take your time and drive carefully even if you’re late,” Berkey said.
When we’re in a rush, slowing down is not the first thing we think about doing.
Iowa State Patrol Trooper, Greg Salier said, “If you look at the time and the distance involved, does running ten over the limit really get you there any faster? At 55 mph versus 65 mph, it saves you about ten seconds.”
That’s why drivers told us that they appreciate speed limit signs around the area and one driver, Tara Brick, says it helps remind her of what speed limits have changed in certain areas.
“What I really like in recent years,” Brick said, “is the speed sign things that they put up in various areas…it really helps you kind of remember, ‘oh here’s the speed limit in this area.’”
By not being an aggressive driver, you are being safe and you are also saving yourself from some major fines and marks on your driving record.
Salier said, “if you’re following too close, you’re in a hurry, you’re driving a little too fast, you run the risk of a ‘following too close’ citation’, which is $195. A ten over speeding ticket it $114 so you’re already over $300.”