Originally Posted by KC
Saying one phrase when you meant another is a surefire way to confuse and sometimes completely invalidate the message.
It's a phrase that gets used wrongly. The fact that government and civilian agencies/groups keep repeating it....
Speed does not kill. People really need to stop saying it does. If speeding really did kill, there wouldn't be anyone going over any limit, right? Because they'd be dead. Even excessive speed, the 'excessive' is completely arbitrary because it depends on contribuatory factors and a pinch of judgement thrown in for good measure.
How fast one is going at the time is a factor in the extent of damage and survival rate. The mere nature of going fast does not kill becaue it's absent of the one thing that needs to be provided to make sure the killing can, in fact, happen... an opposing force.
I'm sure though you can agree that not everyone on the street is trained for the additional 15 feet/second for every 10mph. The faster an untrained person travels, the less time they have to react to other variables and they further they will go in their reaction time.
The inherent difference between going fast on a track and on public roads is that on the track there are many more controlled variables which the driver already knows and acknowledges. On the streets its a huge irresponsibility to go a distinguishable speed over the limit with unforeseen variables.
So while its true any speed you drive can be dangerous, I feel that the majority of drivers are untrained. So speed and aggressive driving, which are correlated, on public roads contribute to a fair share of accidents and deaths.