Nearly A Fifth Of Drivers Admit Doing More Than 100 Mph

A new survey has revealed that a shocking number of drivers regularly exceed speeds of 100 mph on the road network, raising serious safety concerns…

Shocking Figures

Nearly a fifth of British drivers have exceeded speeds of 100 mph whilst behind the wheel. That’s according to a new survey conducted by road safety charity Brake. It discovered that 18% of drivers have broken into three digits on the road network. This figure rises to a staggering 33% for drivers aged between 25 and 34. The figure sits at 28% for men of all ages.

Brake’s survey involved 2,000 motorists. The top speed driven was 180 mph on a section of motorway in Nottinghamshire. The highest in a 30 mph zone was in London, where one driver managed to drive at 152 mph. Figures compiled by the Department for Transport revealed that 44 people were killed and 143 were injured in speed-related accidents in 2019.

‘No Excuse’ 

Brake’s head of campaigns, Joshua Harris, emphasised that there’s never a valid reason for breaking the speed limit; especially so excessively. He said, “there is no excuse for breaking the speed limit; and these figures highlight the grossly excessive speeds of some drivers who show complete disregard for the law and people’s safety. None of us should be put in danger by the high-risk behaviour of others when we’re getting about on roads, and that’s why, this Road Safety Week, we are asking everyone to join us in our call that there is no need to speed”. He added, “many drivers drift over limits by mistake but our research shows that a shockingly large number of drivers, particularly men, break speed limits excessively”.

His views were shared by Neil Greig, policy and research director at charity IAM RoadSmart. He explained, “the majority of UK drivers understand the need for speed limits and do their best to stick with them. Regrettably appealing to the better nature of the sort of drivers highlighted in these terrible case studies is not going to work”. He suggested that the solution to excessive speeding lay with high-profile police enforcement; of a similar variety to that employed in London during the first national lockdown.

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