All new cars should have anti-speeding system, says Brake

All new cars should have anti-speeding system, says Brake

Road safety charity Brake has said that all new cars should be fitted with anti-speeding technology, after an increase in the number of crashes caused by breaking the speed limit.

Figures from the Department for Transport show that in Scotland, exceeding the speed limit was a factor in 291 crashes last year, a rise of over a quarter (26%) since 2013. Drivers travelling too fast for conditions contributed to another 510 crashes.

Travelling at higher speeds increases the distance it takes to stop in an emergency -- both in terms of thinking and braking time. As a result, it increases the severity of any crash, as well as the risk of loss of life and the extent of serious injury.

To coincide with Road Safety Week, Brake is calling for the introduction of a default 20mph limit in all built-up areas, increased police enforcement, and 'Intelligent Speed Adaptation', which helps drivers stay within the speed limit, to be fitted as standard to all new vehicles.

The charity welcomed proposals recently put forward by Mark Ruskell MSP for a default 20mph limit in built-up areas in Scotland, saying that the plans are a "golden opportunity" to save lives, promote sustainable transport and improve the environment.

Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, said: "Speeding remains a major problem, causing untold suffering to families up and down the country. Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead, such as a child stepping out from between parked cars, it's a driver's speed that determines whether they can stop in time and, if they can't, how hard they will hit."

Would you be happy to drive a car with an anti-speeding system?


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Posted 23 November 2017 by Ellie Priestley

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