Hampshire Constabulary is supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s ‘Slow Down, Save Lives’ campaign that launched earlier this week.
Research from across Europe suggests speeding is the most significant factor that contributes to road deaths and serious injury.
Excessive or inappropriate speed has an appalling impact when you’re involved in a collision. The forces experienced by the human body in a collision increase dramatically as the speed increases. If you collide with a pedestrian at 30mph they have an 80% chance of survival, however if you collide at 40mph then the pedestrian only has a 10% chance of survival.Our focus on those who endanger lives on our roads is relentless through both enforcement and education with a National Speed Awareness course as an alternative to prosecution. This approach is aimed at improving knowledge and attitudes to influence better behaviour on the roads.
It needs to be noted that the speed limit is a limit, not a target – there will be times when you have to drive much slower to stay in control. Drivers can become complacent about roads they are familiar with, causing them to be less alert to the road, and drive at a faster speed.