The majority of drivers admit to ‘killer speeds’ in towns and villages, according to research launched today (13 May) by the road safety charity Brake.
72% of drivers surveyed admitted driving at 35mph or faster in a 30mph zone, and 36% admitted doing this daily or at least once a week.
Mary Williams OBE, Brake chief executive, said: “There appears to be widespread complacency among drivers who may think they will be able to stop in time if they are just going ‘a few’ miles over 30 – but the physics of speed tells us they won’t, and the casualty figures tell us they don’t.
“Many of these drivers wouldn’t dream of drink or drug driving, but are prepared to risk lives by speeding. There need to be more campaigns that explain to otherwise law-abiding citizens the exponentially damaging effects of increases in speed.
“Anyone who can understand that it isn’t safe for a child to fall out the window of a three storey house can also understand that 30mph is too fast for communities.
“There is an urgent need for the default 30mph limit to be changed to 20mph, and we also want this research to act as a rallying cry to all drivers to take personal responsibility to stop the carnage on our streets by dropping their speed to 20mph or lower in towns and villages.”
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