Research from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) claims that an estimated 6% of all injury collisions which are reported to the police in the UK have cars speeding as a contributing factor — making it one of the nation’s most common driving offences. What’s more, 15% of these incidents result in a serious injury and 26% see at least one death being recorded.
This is not just a concern for drivers though, as cyclists could be caught up in an incident caused when someone in a vehicle decides to speed. To help cyclists to understand where they may be at a heightened risk, FleetNews has recently outlined the hotspots for cars speeding throughout the UK by detailing the regions which experience the most speeding offences. As all keen road cyclists know, cars speeding past you, particularly when passing very close and with the obese design of many SUVs, cause a troublesome wind-shock.
Van Monster, a specialist retailer of used vans, delved into the research to see where driving offences linked to cars speeding are particularly high:
The hotspots for cars speeding in the UK
Police forces revealed just how bad drivers were for speeding across the UK throughout 2017 after a Freedom of Information request was submitted by UK Carline. The firm’s general manager Jonathan Nolan commented: “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.”
Across the entire UK, the problem with cars speeding appeared to be most severe in West Yorkshire. Throughout 2017, police forces issued 142,610 speeding tickets to drivers exceeding the legal speed limit, more than double the tickets issued than the regions in second and third place. The fastest speed recorded in the region was 160mph in a 70mph zone – 90mph above the legal speed limit! Further worrying figures for West Yorkshire reveals that the highest speed recorded in a 30mph zone was 102mph – more than three times the legal speed limit!
Coming in second for the highest number of tickets handed out for cars speeding was Surrey — 62,623 were issued — while West Mercia was third with 62,503 tickets issued. 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.
Here’s the full top ten of regions with the most speeding tickets issued in 2017:
|Rank||Region||No. of speeding tickets issues (2017)|
Regions with particularly dangerous roads
The government’s annual Road Safety 2016 report should make for essential reading for cyclists who often take part in their interest on the nation’s roads. This is because the report includes a section which highlights the UK’s road traffic accident hotspots. 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 also highlighted to be the UK’s hotspot for cars speeding, ranked number three in terms of danger levels, with 36,597 casualties in the same time period. The Department of Transport reported a 6% increase in the number of casualties on our roads.
While many of the accidents recorded for the report were in the South of the UK, cyclists should also be aware that the top three most dangerous places to drive in England were all based in the north of the country — West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. 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, however, 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.
Hopefully, this research will serve as a caution to cyclists to be aware of dangerous drivers, especially in regions where cars speeding is a particular problem.