Survey on motoring habits shows many drivers speed, don't care about penalty points and are clueless on road signs

This Is Local London: A survey has shed light on drivers' attitudes towards speeding and the penalties it brings A survey has shed light on drivers' attitudes towards speeding and the penalties it brings

Many drivers love to speed, don’t care about penalty points and are clueless about road signs – all according to a study of motorists’ habits.

Research involving 2,000 drivers, 29 police forces and the DVLA has revealed the following shocking stats about attitudes towards road safety and laws.

1. One in three drivers don’t know a simple white circle with a black stripe signifies the national speed limit applies. One in seven drivers even think a ‘slippery road’ sign means ‘paint on the road’.

2. A fifth of all drivers have received penalty points in the past 10 years as a result of driving too fast – with 13 per cent of those accumulating nine points or more in this time.

3. Data from the DVLA reveals a staggering 1,340,680 drivers received penalty points or were disqualified from driving in the past 12 months alone, while 818,768 drivers were penalised for speeding offences – the equivalent of 2,243 every day.

4. In a 30mph zone one in every three drivers (36%) admit they always drive over the speed limit. On average these drivers admit to doing 38mph.

5. In a 40mph zone 32 per cent of drivers admit they always drive over the speed limit. On average these drivers admit to doing 47mph.

6. In a 70mph zone 43 per cent of drivers admit they always drive over the speed limit. On average these drivers admit to doing 81mph.

7. More than a quarter of drivers confess they would much rather pick up points and a fine than attend a police speed awareness course. In contrast, speed awareness courses do appear to work with only five per cent of those who attend re-offending.

8. A typical motorist with a penchant for speeding will begin driving over the limit less than a car’s length after passing a camera, slowing only so they do not get caught.

9. One in four drivers has crashed their car or had a near miss as a result of speeding – a figure supported by official government data, showing there were 4,745 crashes caused by a driver exceeding the speed limit reported to the police in 2012 alone (13 every day).

10. The average car insurance premium increases by 13 per cent for a speeding offence.

Research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of MORE TH>N Car Insurance

Gary Rae, senior campaigner for road safety charity Brake, said: “These are worrying findings

"The research suggests a significant proportion of drivers seem to think it is okay to break the laws of the road.

“It can never be acceptable and we urge all drivers to respect road safety laws and recognise that such laws exist to help save lives. Speed limits are just that – a limit – not a target to exceed.”

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This Is Local London: Speeding infographic

Do you think speed limits need changing or punishments made tougher? Are you troubled by the attitudes revealed by this survey? Or do you think too many driving penalties are issued and it doesn't matter if drivers flout the law just a little bit? Add your comments below.

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3:01pm Mon 12 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

The laws on driving don't exist. The highway code is a "book of practice".
If any laws exist about driving are STATUTORY, as terresa may, (home secretary) of government has stated, (policed by consent). So don't consent to these STATUTE'S. all money collected is fiat money, made up. No money exist's so they are making it all up as well as the banks creating omney from DEBT. So fining you over a traffic incident is quite frankly FEAR!
The laws on driving don't exist. The highway code is a "book of practice". If any laws exist about driving are STATUTORY, as terresa may, (home secretary) of government has stated, (policed by consent). So don't consent to these STATUTE'S. all money collected is fiat money, made up. No money exist's so they are making it all up as well as the banks creating omney from DEBT. So fining you over a traffic incident is quite frankly FEAR! white rabbit9
  • Score: -50

9:23pm Mon 12 May 14

toomush2drink says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
The laws on driving don't exist. The highway code is a "book of practice".
If any laws exist about driving are STATUTORY, as terresa may, (home secretary) of government has stated, (policed by consent). So don't consent to these STATUTE'S. all money collected is fiat money, made up. No money exist's so they are making it all up as well as the banks creating omney from DEBT. So fining you over a traffic incident is quite frankly FEAR!
OK so if they dont exist how come not one clued up barrister has made a small fortune getting everyone off speeding offences using your theory ?

It would be all over the internet as the way to get out off traffic offences.

Hmmm but its all theory isnt it so youve never actually used any of this urban myth stuff you constantly quote have you ?
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: The laws on driving don't exist. The highway code is a "book of practice". If any laws exist about driving are STATUTORY, as terresa may, (home secretary) of government has stated, (policed by consent). So don't consent to these STATUTE'S. all money collected is fiat money, made up. No money exist's so they are making it all up as well as the banks creating omney from DEBT. So fining you over a traffic incident is quite frankly FEAR![/p][/quote]OK so if they dont exist how come not one clued up barrister has made a small fortune getting everyone off speeding offences using your theory ? It would be all over the internet as the way to get out off traffic offences. Hmmm but its all theory isnt it so youve never actually used any of this urban myth stuff you constantly quote have you ? toomush2drink
  • Score: 1

8:03am Tue 13 May 14

PaulErith says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
The laws on driving don't exist. The highway code is a "book of practice".
If any laws exist about driving are STATUTORY, as terresa may, (home secretary) of government has stated, (policed by consent). So don't consent to these STATUTE'S. all money collected is fiat money, made up. No money exist's so they are making it all up as well as the banks creating omney from DEBT. So fining you over a traffic incident is quite frankly FEAR!
Do you actually stop to think about some of the garbage that you randomly spurt on here? You think it's acceptable to drive at 90 in a 30 zone then? You think that someone shouldn't be fined or prosecuted for this?
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: The laws on driving don't exist. The highway code is a "book of practice". If any laws exist about driving are STATUTORY, as terresa may, (home secretary) of government has stated, (policed by consent). So don't consent to these STATUTE'S. all money collected is fiat money, made up. No money exist's so they are making it all up as well as the banks creating omney from DEBT. So fining you over a traffic incident is quite frankly FEAR![/p][/quote]Do you actually stop to think about some of the garbage that you randomly spurt on here? You think it's acceptable to drive at 90 in a 30 zone then? You think that someone shouldn't be fined or prosecuted for this? PaulErith
  • Score: 3

4:58pm Tue 13 May 14

j.j. says...

Not surprising. If anything, the stats for SE London probably tell an even bleaker story than the national figures.

Against this background it's laughable that some people in Lewisham think that a borough wide 20 mph limit would have an impact. A lot of people will just ignore it and it will not be enforced.
Not surprising. If anything, the stats for SE London probably tell an even bleaker story than the national figures. Against this background it's laughable that some people in Lewisham think that a borough wide 20 mph limit would have an impact. A lot of people will just ignore it and it will not be enforced. j.j.
  • Score: 1

10:56am Thu 15 May 14

jaded1 says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
The laws on driving don't exist. The highway code is a "book of practice".
If any laws exist about driving are STATUTORY, as terresa may, (home secretary) of government has stated, (policed by consent). So don't consent to these STATUTE'S. all money collected is fiat money, made up. No money exist's so they are making it all up as well as the banks creating omney from DEBT. So fining you over a traffic incident is quite frankly FEAR!
In other news,this idiot thinks a pregnant woman can pea in a policeman's helmet,she can't be arrested if the policeman doesn't have his hat on and a two pence coin under your tongue disables the breathalyser!
Full moontastic mate.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: The laws on driving don't exist. The highway code is a "book of practice". If any laws exist about driving are STATUTORY, as terresa may, (home secretary) of government has stated, (policed by consent). So don't consent to these STATUTE'S. all money collected is fiat money, made up. No money exist's so they are making it all up as well as the banks creating omney from DEBT. So fining you over a traffic incident is quite frankly FEAR![/p][/quote]In other news,this idiot thinks a pregnant woman can pea in a policeman's helmet,she can't be arrested if the policeman doesn't have his hat on and a two pence coin under your tongue disables the breathalyser! Full moontastic mate. jaded1
  • Score: 1

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