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Psychology Behind the Wheel: Why Do We Speed?

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Psychology Behind the Wheel: Why Do We Speed?

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Most states are tough on drunken drivers, but speeders actually cause the most deadly car crashes. Yet, even when they're caught, many speeders get off easy. Guests discuss the psychology behind the desire to speed and why drivers think nothing of going above the limit.

Leon James, professor of psychology, University of Hawaii; co-author, Road Rage and Aggressive Driving

Judith Stone, president, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

Richard Retting, senior transportation engineer, Insurance Institute of Highway Safety