Number of speeding drivers on 30mph roads declines by a third
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), approximately 500 people die and 3,000 suffer serious personal injury on Britain's roads each year due to motorists driving too fast. If a person causes a traffic accident because they were speeding, they may receive a number of penalties – and could see the price of their car insurance quote increase.
Although speeding drivers might crash on any road, RoSPA states around two-thirds of collisions take place on streets with a speed limit of 30mph or less.
However, the findings of a report, conducted by the RAC Foundation and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), suggest more people now understand the dangers of speeding.
Over a twelve year period, the researchers found the number of motorists surpassing speed limits in 30mph areas had declined by a third.
The report also highlighted a reduction in the number of speeding offences, falling from a little more than two million in 2005 to around 1.2 million in 2009. This suggests that people may be driving more carefully to avoid receiving a minimum penalty fine of £60 and having three points added to their licence.
However, the RAC feels the recession may have had an impact on a motorist's finances and persuaded them to conserve their funds by driving carefully to prevent the price of their vehicle cover from increasing, while improving fuel consumption.
Regardless of the reasons, if a motorist drives safely and builds up a history of no-claims, they may help to improve road safety and could be rewarded with cheap car insurance when they come to renew their policy.