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The facts

  • speed is one of the main causes of fatal road collisions.
  • 3,000 people a year are killed or seriously injured in speed-related crashes.
  • a pedestrian hit by a car at 40mph is four times more likely to die than one hit at 30mph.

The law

  • You must not drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road and your type of vehicle.
  • Many people don’t know the speed limits for different vehicles on different roads. See the national speed limits.
  • The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and 3 penalty points on your licence.
  • You could be disqualified from driving if you build up 12 or more penalty points within three years.

The advice

  • the difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster you drive, the less time you have to stop.
  • the speed limit is a maximum not a target. In some conditions, like fog, rain or heavy traffic, even driving at the speed limit is too fast.
  • think about the consequences of causing a collision by speeding: you will have to live with the emotional consequences of causing death or injury.

See speeding safety advice from the government