Research has found that nearly one in five of all UK drivers have admitted to speeding at more than 100mph on a public road.
A study conducted by the road charity Brake of more than 2000 motorists found that 28% of male drivers and 9% of female drivers have admitted to speeding at more than 100mph on a public road.
The issue is prevalent in younger drivers as it revealed 33% of 25-34-year-old driver had driven at high speeds
To mark the start of Road Safety Week, Brake has started the campaign No Need for Speed which is being supported by Bradford Council and road safety campaigner Judith Cummins MP.
Brake’s analysis of Government data has found that, on average, there are 11 deaths or serious injuries every day on UK roads where speed – either exceeding the limit or travelling too fast for conditions – is identified as a contributory factor to the crash by the police. The charity states that while shocking, this figure is likely a vast underestimate of the impact of speed, as slower speeds mean more chance to stop in time, and speed is an inevitable factor in nearly all deaths and serious injuries.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said:
“There is no excuse for breaking the speed limit and these figures highlight the grossly excessive speeds of some drivers who show complete disregard for the law and people’s safety. None of us should be put in danger by the high-risk behaviour of others when we’re getting about on roads, and that’s why, this Road Safety Week, we are asking everyone to join us in our call that there is no need to speed.
“Many drivers drift over limits by mistake but our research shows that a shockingly large number of drivers, particularly men, break speed limits excessively. We want all drivers to remember the daily disasters that are due to speed, think about the victims, slow down, and reduce road danger. It’s important to remember that sometimes driving under the speed limit can still be too fast. The voices of the bereaved and injured help us all to understand that getting somewhere a few minutes earlier is never worth the risk.”
Roads Minister, Baroness Vere, said:
“Speeding is illegal, reckless, and puts people’s lives at unnecessary risk. For this reason, there are tough penalties and strict enforcement measures in place for those who disobey the law.
MP for Bradford South Judith Cummins said more needs to be done to fund those tackling dangerous driving:
“Since first being elected in 2015 I have campaigned for safer roads in Bradford. I have seen the devastation that dangerous driving can bring to families and I am determined to do everything I can to bring it to an end.
“One of my focuses has been on strengthening the laws around dangerous driving. I have worked with the road safety charity Brake and cross-party MPs to introduce tougher sentences for those who kill or cause serious injury through dangerous driving. I am pleased the Government has now committed to bringing in these changes in the recent Sentencing White Paper and I will be pushing them to do so as soon as possible.
“I am also supporting the efforts of West Yorkshire Police to crack down on dangerous driving across our region. There is a small minority of dangerous and reckless drivers who make life a misery for everyone else. The Government must properly fund the police so that they can carry out the vital work of arresting the criminals who blight our roads.
“This continues to be an issue of utmost importance to me personally, and I will continue to push the Government and others to take action.”
To encourage Road safety Bradford Council, hope to inspire thousands of schools, organisations, and communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages during the week and beyond.
They have created presentations that are available for all primary schools across the district, they cover the Green Cross Code and reinforce the rules for crossing roads safely. The aim of the sessions are to teach and develop children’s understanding of the Green Cross Code and increase children’s awareness of the dangers on the road and how to keep themselves safe.
Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning, and Transport at Bradford Council said: “We are pleased to support the annual Brake Road Safety Week as it provides a focus for the delivery of important road safety messages to all road users, but particularly children. We hope that the presentations that have been developed by the road safety team will aid teachers to influence and encourage our young people to change their behaviour and stay safe on the roads of Bradford District.”