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Keeping within the limits
Speeding contributes to the 34,351 serious injuries and 3,221 deaths that occur on Britain's roads each year. Speed limits have been set for a reason; the risk of causing death or serious injury when driving even a few miles over this limit is significant.

Tackling speeding reduces the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. You can make a difference by simply checking your speed according to the national speed limit, your vehicle type and the driving conditions. Don't just slow down for the speed cameras!

Driving too fast for the conditions causes or contributes to one third

  
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of road crashes. Excessive speed contributes to 12% of all injury collisions, 18% of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 28% of all collisions which result in a fatality

Drivers travelling at higher speeds will have less time to identify and react to what is happening around them. It takes longer for the vehicle to stop and as a result the crash will be more severe, causing greater injury to the occupants and any pedestrian or rider hit by the vehicle.

Approximately two-thirds of all crashes in which people are killed or injured happen on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or less. At 35 mph a driver is twice as likely to kill someone as they are at 30 mph.

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At 30 mph a vehicles travels approximately 44 feet or X metres (about 3 car lengths) every second. Even in good conditions, the difference in stopping distance between 30 mph and 35 mph is an extra 21 feet (X metres), more than 2 car lengths.

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