Key Facts:

  • In 2016, excessive or inappropriate speed was a contributory factor to 331 road deaths, 22 per cent of the total. fifty-eight per cent of fatalities (193) had ‘exceeding the speed limit’ as a contributory factor in the accident, and a further 31 per cent (102) had a vehicle ‘travelling too fast for the conditions’ and the remaining 11 per cent (36) had both factors.(RRCGB, DfT, 2017)

  • There is a clear relationship between speed and risk: as average traffic speed reduces so does the likelihood of a crash resulting in injury that is recorded by the police. If a crash does happen, the risk of death and serious injury is higher at higher speeds.

  • Evidence from a variety of sources, e.g. in-depth accident investigations, conviction data, and self-report surveys, indicates that male drivers and young drivers are more likely to speed. Analysis of in-depth accident data found that male drivers under the age of 30 were over-represented in speed-related collisions, and this was particularly so for males aged under the age of 21.


  • Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 08:12 AM
  • Last Update: 12 Jan 2018, 10:50 AM