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How speedy are your local roads?

26 April 2018

We reveal just how renowned for dangerous driving your local roads are.

A car speeds through the UK countryside

Speeding is regarded as one of the most common driving offences in the UK, contributing to around 6% of all injury collisions reported to the police, 15% of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 26% of collisions that result in a death, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA).

FleetNews recently revealed the UK’s speeding hotspots – the regions which appear to be experiencing the most speeding offences. With driving offences high, how does your region rank? Secondhand vans specialists Van Monster investigate.     

Speeding hotspots

Following a Freedom of Information request submitted by car leasing provider UK Carline, police forces revealed the severity of speeding habits amongst drivers in the UK throughout 2017.

According to Jonathan Nolan, general manager at UK Carline: “Our research has certainly produced some eye-opening insight into the UK’s driving habits, with some worryingly fast speeds being clocked by speed cameras up and down the country over the last few years.

“We hope the stats will make people think twice next time they consider speeding, particularly in more residential areas. Drivers should always stay safe on the roads by never exceeding the speed limits.”

West Yorkshire proved to be the region facing the most severe speeding issue across the UK.

Throughout 2017, police forces issued 142,610 speeding tickets to drivers exceeding the legal speed limit – that’s more than double the tickets issued to the regions in second and third place. The fastest speed recorded here was 160mph in a 70mph zone – 90mph above the legal speed limit.

Further worrying figures for West Yorkshire reveal that the highest speed recorded in a 30mph zone was 102mph – more than three times the legal speed limit.

Surrey holds second place for the most speeding tickets issued (62,623), with West Mercia (West Mercia includes the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire) in third place with 62,503.

Whilst Kent is ranked as number six, it still takes joint second place with Surrey for the fastest speeds clocked in a 70mph zone, with speeds reaching 150mph — more than double the legal speed limit.

Ranking regions by the number of speeding tickets issued throughout 2017, is your region in the top ten hotspots?

A table displaying the number of speeding tickets issued in 2017 by region

Dangerous drivers

A worrying number of drivers are prepared to break road laws. Despite rising awareness of harsh penalties, many drivers believe they can get away with it.

The UKs new speeding fines explained

In a report by the AA, the organisation shed light on the top ten driving offences that drivers thought they could get away with. Taking the top spot, 65% thought they could get away with careless driving.

55% thought they could get away with driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

54% thought they could get away with driving whilst using a handheld mobile phone.

The rules on using your mobile phone while driving

However, figures suggest that in truth, drivers aren’t getting away with dangerous driving. Between 2015 and 2016, there were over 2.4 million driving offences recording throughout the UK.

The north-west of England were branded as the worst region for drink driving offences, with over 12,344 offences reported – it was also the worst region for drug driving with 629 offences.

A survey commissioned by Vantage Leasing further brought to light that 50% of drivers have accumulated at least three points on their license in the past, with nearly a quarter (23%) having six points.

Considering the above speeding data, you won’t be surprised to find out that 84% of drivers had acquired their points on their license as a result of speeding.

Speeding facts and myths revealed

Dangerous roads

With speeding proving to be the most common dangerous driving offence on most of our roads and contributing to so many traffic accidents, should we expect to see some level or correlation between the speed hotspots, and the regions classified as having the most dangerous roads with the highest level of road traffic accidents?

The government’s annual Road Safety 2016 report highlighted the road traffic accident hotspots around the UK. When analysing the figures, the West Midlands appears to be the most dangerous region with a total of 37,153 casualties throughout the five year period leading up to 2016.

West Yorkshire, the region which was highlighted to be the UK’s speeding hotspot, ranked number three in terms of danger levels, with 36,597 casualties in the same time period. 

According to the report, the South of the UK accounted for the majority of accidents in the nation – however, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire were the top three most dangerous places to drive in the north of England.

In fact, five of the top ten most dangerous counties were located in the north of the UK. Kinross-shire in Scotland was branded home to the most dangerous drivers in the UK; on the other hand Scotland was also named the safest area to drive in, with Dumfries and Galloway having the fewest casualties in the whole of the UK. 

Some of the safest roads in Europe

Believe it or not,whilst the UK still appears to have a severe issue on the roads when it comes to dangerous driving and the road traffic accident rates, the UK remains one of the safest places to drive in Europe.

When comparing the number of road deaths across countries in Europe, only Sweden had a lower rate than the UK.

And when it comes to the global scale, the UK is ranked number 10 for the safest place to drive in the world. This could have something to do with the 92% of drivers that class themselves as a ‘good driver’.

Maybe it’s time that we worked to improve the driving habits of the remaining 8% to make our roads safer once and for all.

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Article written by secondhand vans specialists Van Monster, who sell used commercial vans in all shapes and sizes for businesses and private individuals.


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