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Fast and Furious films make speeders drive faster, report claims

Written by: Neil

Have you ever watched a Fast and Furious movie and wanted to just stick your foot through your accelerator?

Well, you’re not the only one after research revealed that the number of speeding tickets handed out skyrockets whenever a new instalment of the franchise is released.

Research from Harvard Medical School set out to see if there was any evidence that suggested Hollywood encouraged speeding.

Although the first film in the franchise hit cinema screens in 2001, the report examined all 192,892 speeding tickets issued by Montgomery County in Maryland between 2012 and 2017 when three Fast and Furious movies were released.

When looking at the average mph over the speed limit that drivers were charged with going on a given day, they found a significant increase in the average speeds during the weekend after a Fast and Furious film had been released.

For the three weekends immediately following the release of a new Fast and Furious film, the mph for speeding tickets increased almost 20 per cent to an average of 19mph over the speed limit.

Rates of extreme speeding also increased, with the percentage of drivers charged with driving more than 40mph above the speed limit nearly doubling.

Increases in this extreme speeding were concentrated in areas close to movie theatres, usually within two miles, which would be consistent with speeding behaviour induced by moviegoing.

The report looked at the same data for when a non-car-focused film was released, such as The Hunger Games, and it found no rise in speeding.

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A tenth Fast and Furious film is in the works, but a spin-off titled Hobbs and Shaw is set to be released before that, arriving by early 2020.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “We can totally sympathise with the urge to put the pedal to the metal after watching a high-octane car film like any of the Fast and Furious flicks. However, there’s a big difference between what is portrayed on the silver screen and what is possible in real life.”

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