It goes without saying that speeding while driving is dangerous as it puts the lives of the driver, their passengers and other road users at risk of serious injury or worse – death.
Excessive speeding was recorded in 15 per cent of road fatalities in 2015 and despite national THINK road safety campaigns highlighting the dangers, people continue to speed on our roads every day leading to around 340 people a year being killed in crashes in which someone had exceeded the speed limit or drove too fast for the conditions.
Driving at higher speeds also means that drivers have less time to identify and react to what is happening around them, prolonging the time it takes for the vehicle to stop, and raising the risk of a crash occurring. The higher the speed the greater the impact and resultant injuries sustained.
This is why RoSPA supports the crackdown on this sort of dangerous driving, which will see harsher fines handed out to speeding drivers as of today. (April 24)
The new rules for magistrates, set down by the Sentencing Council, will see them able to fine speeders up to 150 per cent of their weekly income, rather than the current 100 per cent.
These increases will apply to the sort of excessive speeding that often results in innocent people being killed or seriously injured – for example, those caught at 41mph or above in a 20mph zone, at 51mph in a 30mph zone, and at 101mph on a motorway.
But for this crackdown to be effective it is important that there is an active deterrent to prevent people from excessive speeding, which is why enforcement is vital.
So, to make sure you stay safe while driving, here are some simple and practical things you can do to help stick below the limit:
- Check the car’s speedometer regularly
- Know the limits – look for signs
- Assume lamp posts mean 30mph
- Speed limits are maximum
- 20’s plenty when kids are about
- Try no higher than third gear in a 30mph limit
- Recognise what makes you speed
- Slow down when entering villages
- Give yourself time – plan your journey.
For further information, see: www.rospa.com/road-safety/advice/drivers/speed/top-ten-tips-to-stay-within-the-limit/
Nick Lloyd, RoSPA’s road safety manager
Posted: 4/24/2017 10:55:50 AM