Drive Protect does not condone excessive speeding; but acknowledges that drivers do exceed speed limits.
We aim to help those who have been unfairly treated or who have made a genuine mistake and rely on their ability to drive for ‘normal’ living. The ability to escape prosecution should not be the preserve of the wealthy.
According to the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents
Inappropriate speed contributes to around 14% of all injury collisions, 15% of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 24% of collisions which result in a death and are recorded by the police. This includes both 'excessive speed', when the speed limit is exceeded but also driving or riding within the speed limit when this is too fast for the conditions at the time (for example, in poor weather, poor visibility or high pedestrian activity).
In 2010, 241 people were killed in crashes involving someone exceeding the speed limit and a further 180 people died when someone was travelling too fast for the conditions.
Around two-thirds of crashes in which people are killed or injured occur on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or less.
The DfT 2009 Speed Survey showed that:
Recent research suggests there are three types of drivers:
However, even the moderate speeders exceed 30 mph limits fairly regularly. Excessive speeders normally ignore the 30 mph limit, and often by a wide margin.
The DfT presents statistics on personal injury accidents in the year ending March 2011 on public roads (including footways) in Great Britain, which became known to the police within 30 days.