You Control Your Speed Say Road Safety Campaigners

Mon 23rd Aug 2021

A recent UK-wide operation targeting speeding drivers had revealed the extent into which some people are endangering the lives of themselves and others, with safety campaigners urging speeding drivers to limit their speeds to legal limits.

With Department for Transport statistics published recently showing that more than 50 per cent of drivers stopped for speeding were in 30mph zones in a year when lockdown meant roads were more clear of traffic, there is a clear demand to get a grip on speeding drivers. The same research showed that while motorcycles were the worst offenders for speeding on motorways (58%), cars and vans were not far behind (55%). Worryingly HGVs and buses were the worst speeding offenders on national speed limit single carriageways.

“The speeds we use are entirely our own choice. No one else controls the speed of the vehicles we drive,” says Neil Worth, GEM chief executive.

“Even modest reductions bring lower fuel costs and reduced emissions. Slowing down gives you more time to anticipate and plan when you’re driving, as well as more time to react to hazards and to stop safely if necessary.

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“Reducing the speeds you use will lower the stress on journeys. By leaving a bit earlier, you will be less tempted into the sort of high-risk manoeuvres seen by some drivers as vital for clawing back precious seconds when they’re late on journeys.

“We don’t have any control over the traffic around us; we ARE the traffic. So there really is nothing to be gained from trying to go faster – and trying to make others go faster or forcing them out of the way.”

“It is worrying that one in two drivers on motorways and 30mph roads exceeded the speed limit in 2020 when they were given greater opportunity,” says Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart charity, Director of Policy & Research.

“Getting back on track will require greater investment in roads policing but for now the goal of making speeding as anti-social as drink driving looks far from being achieved.”