Currently, 3,000 people die a year on the roads in the UK. That equates to nearly 10 people a day. Interestingly, if 1 person died on the railways it would make front page news. But, 10 deaths per day, is seen as an acceptable consequence of people’s right to drive at speeds that they want. Of course, speed is not the only cause of death; but, it does make a fatal accident more likely .
Death Rates from Speeding Cars
Research from the Department for Transport indicates that:
- 1 in 40 pedestrians struck by a car at 20mph dies, compared with 1 in 5 at 30mph.
- At 40mph the survival rate falls to 10 per cent.
- A 1mph cut in average vehicle speed reduces crash frequency by about 5 per cent.
A study of 250 pilot schemes for 20mph zone saw crashes fall by 60% and child fatalities fell by 67%