Even though there doesn’t seem to be much difference when you are driving a car between 30 and 40mph, in fact, if you were to hit a pedestrian, their risk of death is four times greater at the higher speed. This is a sobering thought and one which should make us all reassess how fast we are driving.
In addition, driving above the speed limit can also incur serious penalties including: points on your driving license; monetary fines; and even the loss of your license for a serious issue or repeated offenses.
When you are reliant on your vehicle to get to work, or when driving is a major element in your employment, this isn’t just about mobility. Being banned from driving could also lead to the loss of your livelihood. For tradesman particularly, the ability to keep behind the wheel is essential, so it can be helpful to have some pointers relating to van safety highlighted.
Speed Cameras Are Evolving:
The government also wants to reduce road injuries and in line with this they are introducing a new speed camera called the Hadecs 3. So far this has only been installed on one piece of motorway on the M25 in Kent. However, it is soon to be rolled out in many more locations including the M1, M3, M6 and M60.
This new type of camera is a step forward in design. It comprises a single camera and radar gun combination, which is attached either to the overhead gantry or to the side of the road. The camera can cover all lanes of the motorway at one time and then another camera, set up about 200m away, takes a wide angle shot to add verification. In the two months between October 2014 and January 2015 the camera has already caught 1,513 people speeding. About half of these people had exceeded 70mph limits, and the rest had broken varying limits of 40, 50 and 60 mph.
There has been controversy over the design of the cameras as they are grey instead of yellow and some people therefore see them as stealthy. However, the Department of Transport denies they are trying to conceal them and says in fact the previous model, which was in operation on the M25 near Heathrow, was also grey.
The Future of Road Safety:
What is clear from this, is that despite rumblings that speed cameras may be phased out, it seems they very much have a place in the future of road safety. According to ROSPA this is good news, as in 2010 alone they report that speeding led to the deaths of 241 people and serious injuries in 1,495 more. A further 180 people were killed, and over 1,500 seriously injured in collisions where people were driving too fast for the road conditions.
Of course speeding is not all about driving over the national speed limit, it is also about driving within the limits, but still too fast for hazardous road conditions such as heavy rain, snow and ice. Speeding can also relate to driving too close to the car in front and not leaving sufficient space to brake should you need to unexpectedly.
We can sometimes view speed cameras as the enemy, as though they are set up to catch us out. However, what we all need to remember is that they are there as much for our safety as they are for the safety of other road users. When we get behind the wheel of a vehicle, even at 30 mph the force of a 10 stone person converts to between 2 and 4 tons of force, imagine how much greater this is at 70mph on the motorway. Would you really want to be driving much faster than that?
Written by James Timpson:
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