Our speeding nation is slowing down

I have some news which should brighten every safe and considerate motorist’s day.

According to the RAC Foundation, working alongside the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety – quite a mouthful – the number of people speeding on the UK’s roads is decreasing!

In 1998, around 69% of drivers were breaking 30mph speed limits, however, in 2010 this figure dropped to 46%.

Likewise, the amount of road users choosing to travel at over 70mph on motorways has reduced from 57% in 2003 to 49% in 2010.

Apparently, says the director of the RAC Foundation, part of the reason for this reduction in speeding motorists, is the high cost of fuel during an economic downturn.

However, I hope the main reason is that people are finally starting to realise that by speeding they are putting their life and the lives of others in danger.

I suppose we’ll just have to see what happens if fuel prices get lower and people start feeling better off. Will speeding figures increase again? Only time will tell.  

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