21st Sep, 2019

Stick to speed limits is campaign message

ON 30mph roads, 52 per cent of cars exceed the speed limit, says the Department for Transport (DfT).

The shock statistic is being highlighted by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity as part of the service’s Drive4Life campaign.

The lifesaving organisation aims to make drivers aware of the risks and pitfalls of speeding after the charity attended 672 traffic collisions (RTCs) in 2018, at £1.68million in mission costs.

The DfT also found that on 20mph roads, 86 per cent of cars exceeded the speed limit, and on motorways, the speed limit was surpassed by 48 per cent of cars.

In addition, motorcyclists account for just one per cent of road users, but 25 per cent of all serious injuries from RTCs.

According to the charity’s corporate partner, TTC Group, which runs speed awareness courses across the UK, drivers can follow the posted speed limit by using second gear for 20mph, third for 30mph, four for 40mph and so on.

Each air ambulance mission costs £2,500, which is funded through the generosity of the communities it serves and local businesses.

Emma Gray from Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “These statistics show that some drivers are continuing to take unnecessary risks by speeding, and ultimately putting themselves and others in danger.”

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