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Significant number of British drivers regularly break 20mph speed limits

Monday 05 September 2016, By AutoVolo

Significant number of British drivers regularly break 20mph speed limits

Significant number of British drivers regularly break 20mph speed limits

One-fifth of British motorists have admitted to regularly speeding in 20mph zones, which have been introduced to protect vulnerable road users and children.

Road safety charity Brake partnered with insurance company Direct Line to conduct the study of 1,000 drivers from the UK, with 21 per cent admitting they drove at 30mph in 20mph zones at least once a week.

A further 20 per cent also claimed to have travelled at 40mph in 30mph areas at least once per week.

Brake’s campaigns advisor, Alice Bailey said: “Speed limits are in place to keep all road users safe and if tragedy strikes and a child is hit by a car, the speed it is travelling at could be the difference between life and death.

“These 20mph limits benefit our communities in so many ways, keeping them safer, cleaner and greener; when limits are lower many more people choose to ditch the car completely and walk and cycle instead. If people feel they have to drive, the lower speed limit will have a negligible impact on travel times and bring so many other positive effects.”

Rob Miles, Direct Line’s director of car insurance, said: “Adhering to the speed limit is such a simple way of helping to make our roads safer and is within all drivers’ gift. We urge drivers to be conscientious and to remember that speed limits exist for very good reasons and that it is a legal requirement to observe them.”