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More than half of speeding offences happen in 30mph zones

Over 1,000 drivers every day are caught speeding, equating to one every 75 seconds, according to new analysis.

A driver is caught for speeding every 75 seconds

Research from Direct Line Car Insurance following a Freedom of Information request to the UK’s 45 police forces found nearly 1.25 million speeding incidents have been recorded by police forces across the UK since the turn of 2015, with drivers going on average 35% over the permitted limit.

Nearly two-thirds (61%) of all speeding offences, equating to more than 700,000 cases, were recorded in 30mph zones. The next highest zones for speeding were 50mph (14% of cases) and 40mph (13%), while only one in 12 (8%) of speeding incidents were recorded on motorways.

However, it was drivers caught speeding in 40mph zones who clocked the highest percentage increase, with an average speed of 61.4mph – 53.5% over the speed limit. The next highest increase was in 30mph limits (average speed of 39.2mph, up 30.7%) and 50mph limits (63.0mph, up 26.0%).

Rob Miles, director of car insurance at Direct Line, commented: “It is important to remember just how much difference speeding can make to reaction and braking speeds, and always account for poor weather and light as they can also affect a driver’s ability to control their vehicle.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.