Speed Kills

Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents.

Safety advice for motorists

  • The speed limit is a limit not a target - in bad weather (fog, rain, snow, etc) even driving at the speed limit could be too fast.

  • 60% of fatal road accidents occur on country roads, so although the national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph,  you may need to drive under that in order to drive correctly for the conditions. These roads often have sharp bends, blind bends and unexpected hazards - brake carefully and give yourself time to react and stay in control.

Increasing speeding fines

Fines for people caught speeding are set to increase from 24th April 2017.

The new rules for magistrates, set down by the Sentencing Council, will see them able to fine speeders up to 150 per cent of their weekly income, rather than the current 100 per cent.

These increases will apply to the sort of excessive speeding that often results in innocent people being killed or seriously injured – for example, those caught at 41mph or above in a 20mph zone, at 51mph in a 30mph zone, and at 101mph on a motorway.

For more information about the increase in speeding fines - Speeding (opens in new window)

Useful links

Speed limits (open in new window)

More safety advice for driving on country roads

THINK! speed (opens in new window)

Stopping distances - Brake website (opens in new window)

For more information

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Last updated: Monday 12 September 2022

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