Driving Over the Speed Limit
Over the years, people have been always cautioned about driving over the speed limit. This is because of the increase in the rate of accidents that have been occurring on the roads. The government of the UK previously declared that, driving over the speed limit is dangerous and illegal. Thus, it has been thoroughly implementing different policies in order to minimize incidences and accidents on different roads in the country.
It is important you take care while driving and observe the allowed speed limits. The government has given out penalties, punishments, and consequences to be imposed on any person who does not observe the speed limits in the country. However, many cases of careless driving resulting to accidents have been common in the UK. Thus, the Department for Transport has put in place some road safety measures and tracking systems to ensure the adherence to the allowed speed limit. These include the following:
a) Speed Cameras
These cameras have been fitted over or the side of the roads. They monitor and record the traffic regulation violations by different vehicles. The cameras are fitted away from the direction of traffic at a relatively clear view. This, in turn, allows the camera to have enough time and view to monitor and calculate speed in order to calculate it. The camera then detects where the speed is above limit or within limit depending on the kind of traffic a vehicle is in. With this information, they help to track out any vehicle that was involved in illegal driving over the speed limit. The cameras also help in tracking different cases and incidences that happen in the roads.
b) Traffic Lights
The traffic lights have been installed in the busy traffics in order to regulate the vehicle movements. They efficiently indicate permissions and limitations of vehicles and pedestrians across a certain lane on the road. Some of these lights are fitted with cameras which detect and track any violation of speed limits in the roads.
c) Traffic Police Officers
These are members of the police force who have been trained specifically for controlling traffic. They detect and trace any driver who is driving over the speed limit. The police officer then follows the over-speeding vehicle using a car or a motorbike and pulls over the vehicle. The vehicle’s footage is recorded to be used as evidence in the conviction.
Therefore, the government of the UK has played a crucial role in maintaining the smoothness in transport. A speed limit of 70mph has been allowed to those who are driving in highways and any other free traffic. In highways and free traffics, the speed limit is relatively higher than in squeezed busy traffic. The government of UK has specified the areas and traffics where every driver should slowdown and drive at a slower speed. These areas have the dos and the don’ts regarding on the speed limits and they include;
For a motorway, UK has allowed a speed limit of 70mph since 2014. However, the speed is subject to fluctuation in different areas such as the residential places. This is because; these areas have a higher frequency of people’s movement than vehicles. The Department of Transport allows a 30mph speed in the residential areas. The vehicles that are caught driving over this speed limit are recorded and forwarded for conviction.
In the cities, the speed limit allowed is 30mph. However, speed in cities is normally regulated by the traffic lights. At the same time, speed cameras are installed in different areas to track those who are driving over the speed limit.
The speed limit allowed in the towns is as the same as the one allowed in the cities. This is due to the increased use of traffic by pedestrians and the vehicles.
4) Near or At Schools
As a driver, one should be extra cautious while driving near or at schools. The speed limit that is allowed near or at schools is 20mph. Any driver who is caught speeding over this limit is convicted for risking the lives of the learners and other school attendants.
5) Other Points
Other areas where the speed limit is controlled in the UK include; built-up areas, by the hospitals, crowded places, near bridges, or at refilling centres.
Driving over the speed limit is very dangerous and can result to accidents. Accidents are usually associated with loss of lives, injuries, loss of properties, and disruption of public activities. In an attempt to control this, the government of UK, through the Department of Transport, has established many rules and regulations to guide and control driving. This rules and regulations are meant to keep you safe. Therefore, you should observe and preserve them.
Please Note: The above is for education and awareness only. Please consult the official authorities in your country or town for the laws and limits of the speed limits.