Speeding becoming more prevalent on UK roads

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Is speeding becoming customary on UK roads? That's the view of one of the UK's leading road safety charities, after finding that the number of speeding drivers convicted in court has risen by 28% in the past 12 months.

The sharp rise is of great concern to Sarah Sillars, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), who believes the onus is now on the government to reduce the numbers.

"We can see from these figures that as the UK comes out of recession traffic levels have risen, speeding appears to be becoming more prevalent and regrettably casualties are rising again," she said.

"The government and police forces cannot afford to take their eye off the ball and more visible policing is, in our view, the key way to ensure that people don't think they can get away with speeding."

Last year saw 148,426 drivers convicted of speeding offences, which doesn't make for good reading in light of the 2013 figures (115,935 convictions).

The statistics suggest there has been anything but a healthy decline in the number of speeding motorists, with the 2014 figure 2% higher than that of 2004.

On a more positive note, the data, obtained by the IAM from the Ministry of Justice, show that vehicle registration, excise duty offences and driving with blood alcohol levels above the legal limit are all offences that have fallen in huge numbers in the past ten years.

As Sillars stressed, however, the figures suggest speeding is now a major issue on UK roads, which sits alongside having no vehicle insurance as the most common driving offence in Britain.

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