Vehicle speed statistics

The Department for Transport have released their latest transport statistics for Great Britain

The finding show that in 2009 the average road traffic speeds for cars on motorways was 70mph. However 52% of cars exceeded 70mph speed limit with 16% travelling over 80mph. HGV’s tended to stick to their legal maximum speed limit on motorways of 60mph, but 83% exceeded the 50mph limit on Dual Carriageways. 43% of motorcycles exceeded the 30mph built-up areas limit by 5mph or more.

Road traffic accident statistics show that in 2009 half of those killed in road traffic accidents (2,222) were car occupants. A fifth of KSI accidents were motorcyclists and the same for pedestrians. The majority of the fatal accidents had occurred on rural roads.

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