A poll carried out by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has found that the majority of drivers want to comply with the speed limit, but find it difficult to do so.
Nearly 90% of respondents in the online poll said they aim to stay within the speed limit, but 60% said they found it difficult.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “It’s good to know most people want to stay within the law when it comes to speeding, but too many seem to find it challenging.
“The results suggest that people are aware of the limit and do not want to break it, but temptation and pressure from other traffic may push them to go faster.”
Disagreement with imposed limits was cited by 57% of respondents as the main reason for speeding. While 40% of speeders claimed police presence was the most effective deterrent, only 10% said cameras were the biggest deterrent.
Neil Gregg added: “There is a discrepancy between drivers’ perception of the correct speed and the posted limits imposed by authorities.
“Further training helps improve driver perception and teaches motorists about appropriate speeds, but the government should also ensure the current review of speed limits results in roads visually fitting their limit – if we can get the limits right it is clear that many more drivers will stick to them.
“The poll confirms the view of road safety professionals: it’s vital that imminent public spending cuts don’t compromise high profile road policing.”
For more information contact IAM on 020 8996 9777
Footnote: Brake, the road safety charity, published a similar survey last week. Click here to read the news report about that survey.