Your actions have consequences: slow down in town

Speed is a major factor in causing accidents and their severity. And the harsh reality is that you don’t have to be breaking the limit to cause a serious (and sometimes fatal) accident.

In fact, there are more people killed or seriously injured on built-up roads (with a 40mph limit or less) compared to non-built-up roads. And you’re seven times as likely to kill a pedestrian if you hit them at 30mph rather than 20mph1.

Consequences for drivers

Going too fast in town can have severe penalties for drivers:

  • The minimum fine for speeding is £100.
  • You’ll also get a minimum of 3 penalty points – actually, you could lose your licence if you’ve built up 12 or more points over 3 years.
  • Not to mention the risk to you, your passengers, and other road users.

Plus, if you’re a new driver:

  • You only need 6 points to lose your licence in the first 2 years of driving. So this could mean you’ll have your licence revoked and will have to go through the whole process of applying for your provisional, and resitting your driving test all over again.

Don’t risk it.

Sources
1DfT Road Safety Web Publication No.16: Relationship between Speed and Risk of Fatal Injury: Pedestrians and Car Occupants