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New report shows that drivers are slowing down

5 October 2012

 Drivers slowing down even as ministers consider allowing them to speed up on motorways

   The number of drivers breaking the 30 mph speed limit has dropped by a third in twelve years.

   In 1998, 69% of cars on 30 mph roads were above the limit. By 2010 the figure had fallen to 46%.

   The reduction in the proportion of cars exceeding 35 mph has fallen even more sharply, by a half in nine years.

   In 2001, 32% of cars on 30 mph roads were travelling at more than 35 mph. By 2010 the figure was 16%.

The numbers are revealed in an analysis of speeds in free-flow traffic and accident rates by Dr Kit Mitchell. Speed and Safety: Evidence from published data is co-published by the RAC Foundation and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).

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