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One of the main causes of Tameside road traffic accidents, and indeed of road traffic accidents all over the UK, and the rest of the world too, is speeding.

## Considering speed limits

Speed limits have been put in place for the safety of all road users and pedestrians, and yet all too often they are ignored by road users. How many times have you seen people racing down the motorway at speeds above 100 mph? The faster you go, the less time you have to react to incidents that take place on the road in front of you. Not only that but it also makes it very difficult for other drivers to judge the speed at which you’re travelling, which can result in them inadvertently pulling out in front of you. Speeding is not only foolish, it’s downright dangerous. You are in effect playing with other people’s lives.

## Tameside road traffic accidents happen at low speed too

But it’s not just high speed speeding that causes accidents. Just driving a little over the lower speed limit typically means that Tameside road traffic accidents would be reduced in total by approximately 5%. Consider this. It is said that there is no such thing as a dangerous gun; just a dangerous person wielding a gun. Well, the same can be said for cars and drivers.

## A little increase in speed increases braking distance exponentially

It is a matter of record that over two thirds of the road traffic accidents that happen here in the UK take place on the roads where the speed limit is 30 mph or less. Travelling at 30 mph relates to travelling at about 44 feet per second. When you think about a child stepping into the road from behind a parked car, it doesn’t give you much time to register the fact, and stop.

Similarly, if you glance away from the road for just a second, and you happen to miss the fact that the vehicle in front of you is braking, that too can cause accidents. Even in good driving conditions, with clear visibility, if you were to drive at 35 mph rather than 30 mph, you would need an additional 21 feet to be able to come to a complete halt!

## What a 1 mph lower difference in the speed would make

A 1 mph reduction in speed would on average translate to a 5% reduction in the total accident rate. for example:

• 30 mph speed limit areas – 6% reduction
• 40 mph to 50 mph speed limit areas – 4% reduction
• 70 mph speed limit areas – 3% reduction

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