Speeding offences continue to rise

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Speeding offences in England and Wales reached a six-year high in 2016, according to statistics from the Department for Transport.

The figures show that there were 2.15 million prosecutions for speed limit offences last year. This represents a year-on-year increase of 1.3% and is more than 30% higher than in 2011, when there were 1.62 million prosecutions.

Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for road safety charity Brake, said that the figures are "highly concerning and show that exceeding the speed limit remains a major safety issue".

"Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead, such as a child stepping out from between parked cars, it's a driver's speed that determines whether they can stop in time and, if they can't, how hard they will hit," Wakeford explained.

The total number of prosecutions for motor vehicle offences also rose slightly in 2016, while the number of prosecutions for 'dangerous, careless or drunken driving' fell by 6% to 179,000.

Speeding accounted for 70% of the total prosecutions.

"Unfortunately these figures show that we still have a long way to go to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving," commented Neil Greig, director of policy and research at motoring charity IAM RoadSmart.

"While some of the increase in the volume of speeding offences has been caused by a change in reporting methods -- with those attending driver awareness courses which have been shown to reduce reoffending now included -- there is no doubt that speeding remains a major safety concern. Resources are still needed for education and publicity campaigns to drive home the message that road safety is as much about taking personal responsibility as it is about new methods of enforcement."

He added: "IAM RoadSmart calls on all road users to allow themselves a little more time for their journey. Speeding seldom saves much time but adds to stress, wear and tear and emissions."

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