Hampshire Police tackling single biggest factor in road crashes this week

Hampshire Roads Policing New Forest Speed Checks (Hampshire Police)

5:47am 16th April 2018

Speeding is the single biggest factor in fatal road collisions say police, and they're taking action this week to tell drivers 'there's no such thing as safe speeding'.

Hampshire and Thames Valley's Roads Policing Unit is joining other forces from across the UK and Europe for a week long campaign (from Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd April) to highlight the issue of illegal and inappropriate speeding on our roads.

On average, excessive speed is a contributory factor in 20% of road deaths and 12% of all serious casualties across Hampshire and the Thames Valley region.

SPEEDING FACTS:

  • Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road collisions
  • The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph
  • Fatal accidents are four times as likely on rural "A" roads as urban "A" roads
  • If drivers slowed down on average by only 1km/h, about 1300 road deaths per year could be prevented, among them about 800 on rural roads, some 400 on urban roads and around 80 on motorways
  • 60% of fatalities occur on rural roads and more fatalities per mile than on urban roads or motorways
  • Top contributory factor to KSIs on rural roads is 'loss of control', often associated with speed
  • Young male drivers aged 21 to 29 are most at risk of speeding

Hampshire Police Fatal Four Poster April 2018

Sergeant Rob Heard, from the Roads Policing Unit in Hampshire and Thames Valley said:

"People need to realise it's a speed limit and not a target so it may be more appropriate to travel at a lower speed depending on the road conditions for their own safety. 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.

"A few miles an hour over the speed limit or travelling at inappropriate speed can have catastrophic upon road users and their families, many of whom also suffer lasting a profound consequences from collisions where a loved one has been killed or seriously injured. Excessive speed will reduce the time you have to react to a hazard and further the distance it takes for you to stop.

"Our aim is simply, to improve the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of any drivers who speed, thereby reducing the likelihood of the driver being involved in a future speeding incident and make our roads safer. "

The average reaction time from seeing an emergency situation to actually placing your foot on the brake pedal is around 1 to 1.5 seconds in an urban area.

At 30mph, then minimum total stopping distance would be 26 metres on a dry average road surface, but if you travel at 35mph then the total stopping distance increases to 33.5 metres, some 7.5 metres further.

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