No need to speed!
1 November 2020 by Rhian Lowe
2020 hasn’t been the year any of us imagined, and one of the many negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown measures was an increase in reports of dangerous driving. Unfortunately, some people used the quieter roads as their own personal race tracks so, through this year’s campaign, Brake wanted to highlight the impact that speeding can have.
The formula here is simple. The higher the speed, the longer the stopping distance, the harder the crash, and the greater the risk of injury and death.
What is the ‘No Need to Speed’ campaign?
No Need to Speed is a reminder to everyone as to how the speed they travel affects other people. Every time we are on the road, we need to consider what speed is appropriate to keep ourselves and others safe and with more people choosing to walk or cycle, this Road Safety Week we want everyone to learn that there is No Need to Speed.
In a crash, 1 mile per hour can mean the difference between life and death but unfortunately people still regularly break the speed limits or travel too fast for the conditions on the road.
On average, someone is injured on a UK road every 4 minutes and vehicle speed plays a part in nearly every crash.
It’s sad to say but speed contributes to 1 in 5 fatal crashes within the UK and more than 1.3 million people die on the world’s roads every year. Road crashes are the leading cause of death for young people aged between 5 and 29 and it is therefore essential that we strive for a world where everyone moves in a safer way.
Unfortunately, we see a great deal of cases here at FJG where people have been injured in accidents that could have been avoided. Whilst we can help to get people the treatment they need and the compensation they deserve we want to help to prevent these accidents from happening in the first place. As a result, we are supporting the charity Brake with their No Need to Speed campaign.
Find out ways in which you can help through www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk