Speeding offences reach 6-year high | Motoring Issues - Car News Nov 2017

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16:24 Monday 19 Feb 2018

Road safety campaigners have reacted to news that speeding offences have reached a six year high.

New Department for Transport figures have revealed there were 2.1 million prosecutions for speeding offences last year, a 30% rise over the figure for 2011.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at independent motoring charity IAM RoadSmart, said, “Unfortunately these figures show that we still have a long way to go to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving.”

“We call on all road users to allow themselves a little more time for their journey. Speeding seldom saves much time but adds to stress, wear and tear and emissions.”

The charity also poured scorn on figures in the same report showing a sharp drop in serious offences such as dangerous driving and careless or drunken driving, from 276,000 to 179,000 over the last six years.

“This is a welcome fall but we are concerned that this may be more about the reduction in traffic police numbers rather than any fundamental change in driver behaviour”, said Mr Greig.

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