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Speeding Becoming Increasingly Unacceptable

Posted in General News on Thursday, February 18th, 2021

IAM RoadSmart’s new study reveals that speeding has become less acceptable among motorists than it was five years ago. In 2016, the organisation’s survey of 2,000 people showed that 55% of motorists believed that driving at 80mph was acceptable on a motorway. However, this figure has now dropped to 43%. The percentage of people who think it is acceptable to drive faster than 80mph on a motorway has also decreased, falling from 28% to 23%. The recent survey also revealed that more motorists think it is unacceptable to speed in towns, but it is concerning that many of the respondents thought it was okay to drive 5mph over the speed limit on a residential street. Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, said: “While there are signs of improvement, the results of this survey are still deeply concerning and there is clearly much more work to do on education and training.

Separate research conducted by the car leasing firm, Wessex Fleet has revealed the roads where motorists are most likely to speed. The A282 in Kent was found to be the most dangerous in this respect, because 26,920 speeding offences were recorded there in 2019/20. This was followed by the M25 in Surrey with 23,558 offences and next on the list was the M4 Clayponds Avenue to Transport Avenue in London, 16,188 offences were recorded on this stretch of road. These statistics were gathered via a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.   



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