No need to speed. It’s a phrase most truck drivers would agree with, and also the theme of this year’s UK Road Safety Week.
The theme was chosen after a survey conducted by the road safety charity Brake revealed that only a quarter of people think that vehicles travelling on their street do so at a safe speed.
Road Safety Week 2020 took place the 16-22 November and urged drivers to think about how fast they’re travelling. By focusing on the what, why and where of speed, the charity hopes drivers better understood the link between speeding and how that affects people’s safety.
The ‘How safe are the streets where you live’ survey questioned more than 1,700 members of the public, concluding that the majority of residents feel speeding is a problem in their area.
The study also revealed that 60% of those questioned feel the speed of traffic on their street has a negative impact on their wellbeing. While two-thirds said traffic was the greatest threat to their health and safety.
Since 1979, the number of fatal accidents on roads in England Wales has been steadily falling. However, this figure has increased in recent years – rising from 1,541 in 2013 to 1,624 in 2018.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, said: “Road Safety Week provides a unique opportunity, every year, to focus attention on how the safety of our roads impacts all our daily lives.
“Speed plays a part in every crash and just 1mph can mean the difference between life and death on the roads. This Road Safety Week we want to help everyone understand why speed matters and to join together to say there is ‘no need to speed’ on our roads.”