“The speed limit is a limit, not a target”, police on the Isle of Wight are warning and they are urging drivers here to be safe and in control when behind the wheel.
Until 22nd April, officers are joining colleagues across the UK and in Europe to highlight that travelling at illegal and/or inappropriate speed is the single biggest factor in fatal road collisions.
Sgt Rob Heard, from the Roads Policing Unit in Hampshire and Thames Valley said:
“People need to realise it’s a speed limit and not a target so it may be more appropriate to travel at a lower speed depending on the road conditions for their own safety. Drivers can become complacent about roads they are familiar with, causing them to be less alert to the road, and drive at a faster speed.
“A few miles an hour over the speed limit or travelling at inappropriate speed can have catastrophic upon road users and their families, many of whom also suffer lasting a profound consequences from collisions where a loved one has been killed or seriously injured. Excessive speed will reduce the time you have to react to a hazard and further the distance it takes for you to stop.”
Police are also reminding the drivers of good vehicles that on certain roads they are restricted to lower speeds.
Sgt Heard said:
“The majority of commercial vehicle drivers do drive considerately and legitimately on our highways. However our officers are catching far too many van drivers who are not aware of speed restrictions associated with their vehicles, it’s no excuse. To help drivers we have created the two images for goods vehicles of different sizes to help them remember their limits.”