Speeding in Latin America – Schumacher is Everybody’s Middle Name

By | 26 November, 2018

Considering the fact that back in 2014 more than 78,000 people got killed in traffic accidents (according to the research of the International Transport Forum and Ibero American Road Safety Observatory – OISEVI) across 10 Latin-American countries, it is clear that road safety is the main issue in Latin America.

When it comes to speeding, driving over the speed limit is a common situation, but the speeding ticketing has also been intensifying over the years. The main trait, according to the research, is the rising of motorization, which will continue its growth in the following decade.

The current statistics have shown that motorcyclists represent more than 40% of the total number of road deaths. Pedestrians are the largest or second largest group of road deaths in seven countries. In order to prevent the possible accident and speeding ticketing, the following lines will shortly cover the Latin America speed control rules, current situation and possible outcomes in the years to come.

Fast driving – usual situation and how to overcome it

All of the Latin-American countries have a regulation about the speed limits on all types of roads and it can be noticed that the regulations are more severe than those in Europe. On the other hand, on average people drive 20-45 km/h over the limits. In order to illustrate, as a rule of thumb, a 10% increase in average speed leads to a 40% increase in the number of fatal crashes, and a 10% decrease in average speed leads to a 40% decrease in the number of fatal crashes.

Argentina, Chile, and Colombia have 60 km/h urban speed limit, which is considered high and speed control is trying to reduce the number of accidents. However, it is very difficult to measure how all of the law regulations are implemented in an everyday situation by every country and local police departments. The penalties for speed vary from country to country and they are also combined with demerit point systems.

Visiting forums, where people are writing about their experience in driving over the Latin countries, can be noticed that penalties vary in the same country and depend on violations. Since the traffic is in constant growth, changing the driver’s behavior and consciousness about the negative outcomes will be the main goal of all the countries regulatory bodies.

Radar detectors – are they useful?

The radar detectors availability and laws vary from country to country, but it is important to read some radar detector reviews to emphasize the difference in various types of detectors and their use. Radar jammers are interfering with the signal, and radar detectors and advisors are detecting the signal of radars without any disturbance of the signal.

Knowing these differences between detectors, speeding tickets and control, using common sense and considering the laws in areas you drive are something that can truly affect the speed ticketing, make it lower and prevent you from being a part of a car accident or causing injuries of yourself or the people you are driving, other drivers and other traffic participants.


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