The proportion of drivers speeding on UK motorways has fallen to a record low – reducing the risk of road traffic accidents.
Official statistics released by the government show that 47% of people drive faster than 70mph on motorways in Britain, compared with 57% a decade ago, making it the lowest figure since the Department for Transport began publishing the data in 2002.
Experts claim this contraction is down to a rise in speed cameras and several years of high prices at the pumps encouraging drivers to conserve fuel.
Car accident claims
Car accidents in Britain affect thousands of road users every year – including drivers, passengers and pedestrians – and speeding is usually involved, making it one of the most common causes of such accidents.
But people are often hurt through no fault of their own, and in these cases, it’s important that they receive the compensation they deserve.
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Decline in ‘extreme’ speeders
In addition to a decline in the proportion of people speeding on motorways, the number of ‘extreme’ speeders travelling above 80mph on motorways has dropped from 20% in 2003 to 12% in 2013.
There has also been a similar pattern on urban roads, with the proportion of drivers breaching speed limits in 30mph areas at a record low of 46%.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, attributes the falls to the sustained use of speed cameras nationwide and the desire of motorists to conserve fuel in the face of high fuel prices.
But, despite the positive figures, he claims there are still too many drivers breaking the law by speeding.
Almost half are still breaking the limit, while more than one in 10 is doing so by more than 10mph.
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