Aberdeenshire drivers warned there's no excuse for speeding

A powerful new road safety campaign to tackle the serious issue of speeding has launched with a clear message for all drivers – there’s no excuse for speeding.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 6:50 am
The new Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland campaign is highlighting the dangers - and consequences - of speeding.

There were 97 speed related collisions in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in 2019, with contributory factors including exceeding the speed limit, travelling too fast for the conditions and careless/reckless driving.

Figures show that speed is a contributory factor in 15 per cent of all fatal and serious collisions in Scotland – a total of 848 collisions, 42 fatalities and 244 serious injuries.

The majority of people – at least occasionally – exceed the legal speed limit, with 39 per cent of people admitting to exceeding the speed limit by 5mph in 30mph zones at least once in the past year, and 27 per cent admitting to exceeding the speed limit by 5mph in 20mph areas.

Four in 10 drivers think it is safe to exceed the speed limit slightly on motorways, and one in 10 have driven at least once in the past year at 90mph on the motorway.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Speed is a key priority for the Scottish Government and an integral part of the Road Safety Framework to 2030.

“A collision involving speed affects more than just you and your car – it also has an impact on your family, the victim’s family, the emergency services, and people who witness it.

"The message of this campaign is clear – speeding is always a risk. However you choose to try and justify it, it’s still speeding and there’s no excuse for it.”

Police Scotland officers hear many excuses from speeders, with the most common including running out of petrol, the road being quiet, and other traffic exceeding the speed limit.

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams said: "Every other day on our roads police officers see first-hand the devastation that speed-related collisions can cause – the faster you drive the less time you have to react to hazards.

"If you are caught speeding or you are involved in a collision, you could lose your licence, face a substantial fine and receive a criminal record which could result in you losing your job, or even a prison sentence, so the risks are not worth it.”

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