Two fixed penalty notices are awarded for careless driving and speeding every minute in the UK. That is according to road safety charity Brake, which has launched a campaign to combat ‘selfish driving’.
950,505 tickets were issued for speeding and 17,483 for careless driving in the UK in 2013. Brake and its partners RSA and Specsavers hope the ‘look out for each other’ campaign will help improve the situation as part of Road Safety Week.
The figures reveal 41 per cent of UK primary school children have been hit or nearly hit by a vehicle while on foot or a bicycle. Two thirds of school children, meanwhile, think the roads in their community are dangerous for walking and cycling.
Vulnerable road users account for 49 per cent of road deaths. 405 pedestrians were killed and 5,160 seriously injured in 2013, according to the DVLA.
113 cyclists were killed and 3,185 seriously injured over the same period. Combining the figures for cyclists and pedestrians, 24 people were killed or seriously injured while on foot or bicycle every day in 2013 – or one every hour.
Scotland was home to the most careless drivers, with 3,487 tickets issued. The lowest was the North East, at 536 offences, if we ignore Northern Ireland and its ‘under represented’ figure of 11, which stems from the fact driver licensing is handled by the DVANI and not the DVLA.
The South East was home to the most speeding offences (142,363). London accounted for 71,529 speeding and 2,275 careless driving instances.
The postcode with the most careless driving fixed penalties was ST3 (Stoke-On-Trent), with a total of 45 offences. Second place went to CR0 (Croydon), at 43 offences. SL6 (Maidenhead) was home to 1,831 speeding offences, putting it top of the list – far ahead of second place Nottingham and its 1,524 offences.
The careless driving offence was introduced in August 2013. It consists of driving without due care and attention, driving without reasonable consideration for other road users and a combination of the two.
Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: “When drivers use roads without care for others the consequences can be tragic and horrific – people killed and badly injured, lives ruined forever, because of a moment of impatience or selfishness. At Brake we witness the suffering that results, daily, through our work supporting people affected by road death and injury.
“And there are wider consequences if we don’t look out for each other on roads – people afraid to walk and cycle or let their kids walk and cycle, and unable to get out and enjoy their community and live active lifestyles.
“That’s why, instead of making our streets stressful, risky places, we’re asking all road users to look out for and protect each other, particularly the most vulnerable – that means drivers sticking to 20mph or below in towns and villages, looking carefully at junctions, and being considerate.”
Road deaths dropped to an all-time low in 2013.