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When driving, a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster you drive, the less time you have to stop if something unexpected happens.

If you kill someone whilst speeding, you will have to live with the long-term emotional consequences.

Speed limits are there for a reason

The facts

  • Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road incidents
  • The risk of death is approximately 4 times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph

The law

  • You must not drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road and your type of vehicle
  • The speed limit is the absolute maximum and it doesn't mean its safe to drive at this speed in all conditions 
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Latest Update :
02 November 2021
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