Just a little bit too fast is still too much

Just because you think ‘everybody does it’, doesn’t mean you should. Speeding can have devastating consequences on Scotland’s roads. People die or are seriously injured every year because of drivers who know they’re breaking the rules. You think you’re a careful driver but if you speed even occasionally, you’re a danger to others. And that careless approach to driving doesn’t just affect the victims – it can result in the you losing your licence, your livelihood and even your family.

Don’t be complacent – you know there’s no excuse for speeding.

Choose to be a better driver

You know speeding has serious consequences for everyone involved. Make the change and stick to the limits when you drive.

What kind of speeder are you?

Like most drivers, you’ll probably admit to at least occasionally exceeding the speed limits.1 Do you recognise any of these excuses that people routinely make for driving too fast?

  • Excuse #1

    It’s OK to go a little bit faster because the road’s quieter than normal

  • Excuse #2

    I’ll be fine, I know this road really well

  • Excuse #3

    I have to go faster because I’m running late

  • Excuse #4

    I’ll need to break the speed limit in order to overtake safely

  • Excuse #5

    I didn’t even realise I was speeding – I was just keeping up with everyone else

  • Excuse #6

    I don’t agree with the speed limit for this road, I think it should be a lot higher

They’re all just excuses. There were 16 fatalities due to exceeding the speed related limit in 2018, with 63 people seriously injured. It’s your responsibility to drive your car safely at all times – and that means actively sticking to speed limits.

1 RITS: Driver attitudes and behaviours tracker, Wave 18 – December 2019, Progressive, February 2020.

Could you afford to pay the penalty for speeding?

  • A fixed penalty notice for speeding means a £100 fine and three points on your licence
  • 12 or more penalty points in a three-year period can lead to disqualification
  • Speeding fines can cost you up to £1,000 (up to £2,500 for motorway driving) following a court appearance
  • Could you accept the responsibility of killing or injuring someone on Scotland’s roads? Could you deal with the fallout in your own life?
If you speed regularly, you could lose your licence.

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