Information from Leeds City Council Influencing Travel Behaviour Team
Many people in Leeds report to us that speeding traffic is having an impact on them and their communities.
Reducing the speed of traffic will help to make people feel safer on their local streets. It will also enable children, the elderly and other vulnerable road users to travel with greater confidence and independence.
Calmer roads with slower traffic speeds will make walking and cycling a more attractive travel option. Slower speeds can therefore help contribute to less traffic congestion, better health, less noise, more social interaction and stronger communities.
Rule 125 of The Highway Code says:
The speed limit is the absolute maximum and does not mean that it is safe to drive at that speed irrespective of the conditions. Driving at speeds too fast for the road and driving conditions can be dangerous.
Facts about Speeding
Drivers who speed have less time to identify and react to what is happening around them.
Drivers and riders who are travelling at inappropriate speeds are more likely to crash and their higher speed means that the crash will cause more severe injuries, to themselves and/or to other road users.
Speed increases stopping distances, as both the thinking distance and the braking distance are increased. At faster speeds, the driver will cover more ground before reacting to a hazard and more distance before the vehicle comes to a complete stop.
The risk of a pedestrian being killed if they are hit by a car increases as the car’s speed increases. According to ROSPA, a pedestrian who is hit by a car travelling at between 30 mph and 40 mph is between 3.5 and 5.5 times more likely to be killed than if hit by a car travelling at below 30 mph.
What can you do?
Many drivers unintentionally exceed the speed limit, often without realising it.
Whether intentional or not, exceeding the speed limit is illegal and can be very dangerous.
Just a couple of miles per hour extra may be the difference between a pedestrian walking away or suffering a serious injury.
Here are some simple and practical tips to make it easier to stay within speed limits:
- Check your speedometer regularly, especially when leaving high speed roads and joining slower roads
- Know the limit – look for signs and road markings, especially at junctions
- Slow down when entering villages or busy streets
- Give yourself more time for journeys, then you won’t have to speed
Concentrate! Distracted drivers speed
Recognise what makes you speed so you can respond to it: keeping up with traffic, overtaking or being tailgated are common causes
Be a ‘2-0 Hero’ and drive at 20mph when around schools and in residential areas