• Driving too fast for the conditions contributes to significant numbers of deaths and serious injuries.

  • 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’, whilst the remaining 11 per cent (360 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.

  • Compliance with speed limits has improved in the past few years – particularly on 30mph roads. The percentage of cars exceeding the speed limit has fallen on every road type since 2001.

  • The number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) issued for speeding has decreased over recent years, but this is in parallel with opportunities to complete a Speed Awareness Course rather than receive the FPN.

  • Effective speed management policies are likely to include an integrated package of measures, including credible speed limits, enforcement, education and engineering. Different approaches and messages are likely to be required for different segments of the driving population.


  • Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 08:12 AM
  • Last Update: 12 Jan 2018, 10:53 AM