Speeding is among the main causes of serious and fatal collisions, police said on Friday, after a 47-year-old man was arrested driving at 179kph instead of the maximum of 100kph.
In a written statement, police referred to speeding as “perhaps the most important factor in causing serious and fatal road collisions” as it reduces the driver’s reaction time, increases the braking distance and the severity of the collision.
The road or time do not matter, police added, as even during the night when there is less traffic, the darkness, fatigue and possibly alcohol consumption contribute to the driver’s reduced reflexes.
The danger of an individual’s recklessness during the day however, “is real not only for himself, but other users of the road network”, like other drivers, cyclists or pedestrians, the announcement added.
Police issued the statement a day after arresting a 47-year-old man speeding at 179kph instead of the maximum 100kph on the motorway near Tseri, thus “alarmingly increasing the risk of causing a traffic collision”.
The arrest occurred at around 8.10am on January 6, and the man was released around 10.30am. He is expected to appear in court on Friday.