A nation of speeders: Government study reveals that hardly any drivers obey 20mph speed limits

  • The Department for Transport monitored 446.6m journeys at 74 sites across the UK in 2017
  • It found that 46% were driven at speeds that exceeded the designated limit
  • It was 20mph zones that were breached most, while motorists were most cautious in 60mph zones

New statistics revealed by the Department for Transport (DfT) have laid bare the nation’s speeding epidemic.

The government department observed some 446.6 million journeys being driven at 74 sites across the country last year and found that 46 per cent exceeded the maximum speed limit on the roads monitored.

Worryingly, the percentage of motorists breaking limits increases in lower speed restrictions. In fact, 86 per cent of journeys through 20mph zones – which are predominantly outside schools – were clocked over the designated limit.

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