FENLAND: Drivers under fire who think speeding is no worse than dropping litter on the streets

PUBLISHED: 10:31 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

DRIVERS are being urged to slow down in built up areas and safety experts are reminding motorists that streetlamps can help shed light on whether a road has a 30 limit. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership are supporting a region wi

DRIVERS are being urged to slow down in built up areas and safety experts are reminding motorists that streetlamps can help shed light on whether a road has a 30 limit.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership are supporting a region wide campaign to get motorists to slow down and especially not to break 30mph limits.

Worryingly a recent study showed that some motorists thought driving at 40mph in a 30mph limit was more acceptable than dropping litter. Many motorists say they did not see the signs or knew that it is a 30mph limit.

The campaign reminds drivers of the Highway Code which states that the speed limit in built up areas is 30mph and this limit applies to all traffic on all roads in England and Wales where there are street lights unless signs show otherwise.

That means where there is street lighting in built up areas drivers should assume it is a 30mph limit. In general if the limit above 30mph there will be other speed limit signs and these are often repeated.

Recent research undertaken by the Department for Transport showed that three quarters of respondents (74%) admitted to driving over the speed limit. Many drivers almost approved of speeding, with reasons given including - 'people can handle it'; 'it's often necessary' and 'many enjoy it'.

A person hit by a vehicle travelling at 40mph has an 80 per cent probability of dying, whereas a collision at 30 mph carries an 80 per cent probability of survival. Even in good conditions, the difference between 30mph and 35mph is an additional stopping distance of around six and a half metres.

Phil Rennie, Road Safety Officer for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "Drivers often give the police the excuse they did not know it was a 30mph limit when they are caught speeding in built up areas.

"This regional campaign helps remind drivers that where there are streetlights then usually it is a 30mph limit unless signs say otherwise. Cambridgeshire County Council and its partners are committed to reducing the number of people killed or injured on our roads. Every driver can make a significant difference simply by slowing down a few miles per hour and driving within the speed limit. It can mean the difference between life and death.'


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