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IAM RoadSmart backs police speeding crackdown

IAM RoadSmart has lent its support to the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC) current crackdown on speeding on our roads as it says there is clear evidence that ‘speed kills.’

The two-week campaign sees police forces around the country target those travelling too fast in a move to provide further education on the dangers of speeding.

In response, road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has welcomed the move saying that there is clear evidence that ‘speed kills’.

The latest annual road safety statistics shows that the contributory factor of ‘exceeding speed limit’ was recorded in 203 fatalities, 1,212 serious injuries, and 5,855 slight injuries.

In addition, the figures reported for those who crashed because they were ‘travelling too fast for conditions’ revealed 136 fatalities, 1,327 serious injury collisions and 4,483 slight injury collisions.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, commented: “Many people see speeding as a victimless crime – that is total nonsense. Many drivers think they can easily handle the speed they drive, and assume their skills are great enough to handle an emergency. We at IAM RoadSmart would like to ask those people to take a long, hard look at their attitudes and stop kidding themselves they are always safe.”

According to Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, NPCC lead for roads policing, respecting the speed limit is fundamental to reducing danger on our roads.

Bangham added that in order to reduce the number of people who become victims of speeding motorists, it is essential that all authorities work together to tackle this issue, rather than ad hoc individual measures.

He continued: “If you combine ‘too fast’ with the far bigger numbers of contributory factors attributed to ‘driver or rider error’ and ‘behaviour and experience’ then it is clear that education still has a huge role to play in reducing the toll of death and injury on our roads.”

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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