The number of motorists being found guilty of speeding has nearly doubled in the last decade, according to the latest report* from the Department for Transport (DfT), prompting a leading driving experience expert to call for more to be done to improve road safety.
Indeed, the calls for harsher penalties for those who flout speed limits come as official figures reveal the number of drivers ordered to attend a speed awareness course has increased more than two-fold (113%) since 2011, with a shocking 1.64 million motorists being sent on one in 2022.
Furthermore, the number of motorists per year found guilty of a speed limit offence has nearly doubled (98%) since 2011, with nearly 222,000 convicted last year.
As the number of collisions caused by speeding has also reached a six-year high**, Dan Jones, operations manager at TrackDays.co.uk, has called for both drivers and the government to do more: "Excessive speeding can cause serious injury or death. These shocking statistics highlight the increasing problem of speeding on UK roads and how this is getting progressively worse over the past decade."
"Generally, we have some of the safest roads in the world, however, we need both drivers and the government to act now through education, driver training, or even sterner punishments if we are to make an improvement."
Dan went on to add further warning about the coming winter weather: "Speed limits are there for everyone's safety and it is important to remember you should drive at the correct speed for the conditions, and not what the maximum speed limit might be. As we move into winter, braking distances will start to increase on wetter roads, so it is important for everyone to adapt their speed accordingly."
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