New Road safety figures released by the charity Brake
21 November 2023
In November, as part of Road Safety Week, Brake, the road safety charity released their new research into driver attitudes and behaviours to speed and speed limits. The findings came from public opinion and new analysis of the latest road casualty statistics as well as a public opinion survey of 2,000 drivers asking about their driving habits and attitudes to speed.
Key statistics which Brake has released are:
- 1,766 people died on UK roads in 2022, a 10% increase from 2021
- 303 people died in crashes caused by drivers breaking the speed limit, up 20% since 2021
- Speed is a contributory factor in one in four (25%) fatal crashes
- 92% of drivers surveyed by Brake agree speed limits are essential for safe roads, yet more than a third (34%) say they sometimes or often break the speed limit
- 39% of drivers surveyed agree the default speed limit on roads in built-up areas should be lowered from 30mph to 20mph.
Read the full news story here.