An article in the Mail Online says that half of drivers ignore speed limits on Britain’s motorways and town centre roads.
Talking to the Mail Online, Edmund King, president of the AA, said that flouting the law on motorways “risks creating a precedent in built-up areas, where ignoring the 30mph limit could become the norm”.
The article says that official data from the DfT shows that in 2013, 47% of cars, 46% of motorbikes and 48% of vans broke the 70mph limit in free-flowing traffic. The article also says that the figures show that “in built up areas where the limit is 30mph, drivers are just as willing to speed”.
Edmund King said the ‘default speed limit’ on motorways is now 80mph, adding: “One is rarely if ever stopped by the police and prosecuted between 70 and 80mph.
“In decent weather in a modern car at a good distance from the care in front, 80mph is probably a safe speed. But 50mph in an old car, on a pot-holed motorway, too close to the car in front is probably too fast.
“If drivers are of the opinion that there is some flexibility around speed limits the danger is that when it comes to lower speed limits, which are much more crucial in road safety, we don’t want drivers to have that same flexibility. Driving at 40mph in a 30mph area is incredibly dangerous.”