Eight out of 10 drivers ignore 20mph speed restrictions

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It has been revealed 81% of drivers break the speed limit on 20mph roads

Figures from the Department for Transport show the vast majority of drivers are ignoring 20mph zones with 15% of those drivers exceeding 30mph.

The data, collected from traffic counters in nine areas of free flowing traffic across the UK, found the average speed of vehicles in these areas was between 21-25mph. These findings suggest a 2017 poll by road safety charity Brake, underestimated the number of drivers flouting the speed restrictions with just 52% of drivers admitting to surpassing the 20mph limit.

Brake’s survey of 2,000 drivers found nearly three-quarters (73%) of 25-34 year olds are likely to drive at 25mph or more in 20mph areas, with fewer than half (45%) of 55-64 year olds admitting they would do so. Men are also 18% more likely to exceed this speed limit than women.

Additionally, nearly eight in 10 (78%) respondents believed traffic is too fast in their neighbourhood for the safety of children. This comes as part of a United Nations initiative to increase the understanding of the dangers of speed, and encourage drivers globally to slow down and protect fellow road users.

Dave Nichols, community engagement manager at Brake, said: “All children have the right to play safely and live a healthy life without fear – rights that are universally recognised by the United Nations and world leaders. Yet, in the UK, one of the most developed countries in the world, our children are often denied these rights because of the lethal danger posed by fast traffic.

“We’re calling on UK drivers to take the lead in making roads safer for children – by driving at 20mph or less and taking more care in communities.”

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