The UK’s biggest independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has backed the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC) current crackdown on speeding on our roads – saying that there is clear evidence that ‘speed kills.’
The NPCC is encouraging police forces around the country to highlight these dangers in their own areas in the two-week campaign, which started on the 14th January.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “Many people see speeding as a victimless crime – that is total nonsense. Many drivers think they can easily handle the speed they drive, and assume their skills are great enough to handle an emergency. We at IAM RoadSmart would like to ask those people to take a long, hard look at their attitudes and stop kidding themselves they are always safe.”
The latest annual road safety statistics shows that the contributory factor of ‘exceeding speed limit’ was recorded in 203 fatalities, 1,212 serious injuries, and 5,855 slight injuries.
In addition, the figures reported for those who crashed because they were ‘travelling too fast for conditions’ revealed 136 fatalities, 1,327 serious injury collisions and 4,483 slight injury collisions.
SPEED KILLS, SO DO KNIVES – AND THE STATS ARE REMARKABLY SIMILAR
Meanwhile 134 people were stabbed to death in London alone during 2018, making knife crime in the Capital comparable to speeding in terms of risk, although because far fewer people carry knives than drive cars, or ride motorcycles. So it would appear that knife crime is a relatively greater risk to health than speeding, depending on the victims skin colour, age and London postcode. Therefore more targeted resources are needed to prevent knife crime, than speeding?
While the level of fatal road accidents involving car drivers has dropped from 3,141 to 1,897 between 2007 and 2017, the London knife crime death toll stands at a ten year high, and still rising year-on-year. So the stats prove that knife crime is becoming a greater threat to human life, while speeding is decreasing as a risk. So, a huge success story for the UK Police and government in respect to road safety then, although you would not know that from the tone of the press releases on the matter.
Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, NPCC Lead for Roads Policing, said to IAM RoadSmart: “Driving or riding at safe speeds is a key theme of the National Roads Policing Strategy and the speed campaign during January means police forces across the UK will focus on those who are travelling too fast on our roads, putting themselves and others at risk by doing so.”