Speed facts

Why is speeding considered such a serious offence?

Speeding is dangerous. Research confirms that excessive and inappropriate speed is a major factor in collisions that cause death and injury – and makes the consequences of an accident far worse.

Did you know that:

  • Data from Surrey County Council shows that in 2010 there were 546 speed-related collsions, around 45 a month, where drivers were speeding or driving too fast for the conditions. That is around one in seven of all personal injury collisions in Surrey.

  • The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph. 

  • Studies of road sections show that for roads of each type, the number of crashes and collisions increases with increasing average speed – the effect varies on different road types and is strongest for the slowest roads. A ball-park figure is that each 1mph reduction in average speed is accompanied by a 5% reduction in accidents.