In our last blog, we covered the dangers of speeding. Today we take a statistical look at how badly we’re all speeding around the world.
United Kingdom (UK)
The following is a summary of traffic miles per accident for each road type in the UK.
|60 mph (96 km/h)||
|More than or equal to 50 mph (80 km/h)||33 636|
|More than or equal to 30 mph (48 km/h)||
Strangely, these figures show that the 30 mph zones are the UK’s most dangerous roads, and 70 mph are the safest. The question is why? In the case of the unexpectedly high accident rate on 60mph roads, could be due to the fact that this road-type/speed-limit zone includes 80% of Britain's roads and comprises the worst built and worst maintained roads in the country.
United States (US)
The statistics for the US vary greatly, depending on the state. In Princeton, a recent traffic study shows that three out of every four drivers is speeding on Princeton’s Valley Road. The posted speed limit on Valley Road is 25 mph (40 km/h). According to facts presented by Princeton engineers, however, just 27.2% of drivers, equivalent to about one driver in every four, drive at this speed. The rest are doing at least 5 mph (8 km/h) over the posted speed limit, and the highest speed clocked was 50 mph (80 km/h). Speeding is not a problem of a small minority of drivers, but something that is more or less epidemic.
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
In the UAE, it’s not simply a collective of drivers speeding, all for the same reason. Drivers offered a variety of reasons (or rather excuses) for breaking the speed limit:
- Running late: 67%
- For fun or to impress others: 53%
- Out of habit: 45%
- Because they knew which speed cameras to avoid: 39%
- They believe the roads are designed for speed: 27%
- To test a car’s abilities: 22%
- Speeding is more accepted in the UAE than in my home country: 21%
- I’m unlikely to be caught: 15%
- Speeding fines are too low (to instil any fear): 5%
In 2012, Victoria recorded a total of 282 deaths on the road, with speed a major factor in many of the crashes.
Driving 5 km/h (3 mph) less can lower the severity of injury and means the difference between serious injury or death.
Speeding caused 37% of all accidents recorded.