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Over 50% of Drivers Break 30mph Limit

Posted in General News on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

According to recent statistics supplied by the Department for Transport (DfT) 54% of drivers broke the speed limit on roads with 30mph limits last year. The data indicates that drivers are most likely to break the speed limit in residential areas and on roads which are commonly used by pedestrians and cyclists. Of the drivers who broke the speed limit on 30mph roads last year a fifth travelled at speeds in excess of 35mph and 6% travelled at speeds of 40mph or more. The DfT’s statistics show that the average speed across all 30mph zones last year was 31mph. In addition, 50% of motorists exceeded 70mph on motorways, while only 9% of drivers broke the speed limit while travelling on roads with 60mph limits.

In 2018 a total of 186 people died as a result of road traffic accidents involving one or more speeding vehicle according to figures supplied by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Road Safety Minister, Baroness Vere said: “Speeding is illegal, reckless and puts people's lives at unnecessary risk. That is why there are tough penalties and strict enforcement measures in place for those who disobey the law. We know it's just as crucial though to change attitudes that lead to dangerous driving.”

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