Motorists are being reminded during Road Safety Week to watch their speed in Tameside.
As part of an awareness campaign, Tameside Council’s Community Safety team has put up ten banners at key points across the borough urging drivers to respect the speed limit.
They carry the hard-hitting message: Speed 30, kill it before it kills you!
Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, co-ordinated annually by road safety charity Brake, and aims to promote life-saving messages.
Speed is one of the main causes of fatal road collisions with 3,000 people a year killed or seriously injured in speed-related crashes.
The faster you drive, the less time you have to stop and the difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death: a pedestrian hit by a car at 40mph is four times more likely to die than one hit at 30mph.
More than a quarter of deaths on the road involve a speeding driver, and many serious and fatal collisions happen when drivers go through traffic lights on red.
The consequences of causing a collision by speeding are life changing with drivers having to live with the emotional turmoil of causing death or injury.
Not only is speeding dangerous but drivers caught going over the speed limit are hit with a minimum penalty of a £100 fine and 3 penalty points on their licence and could be disqualified from driving.
The local campaign aims to ensure that everyone stays safe on Tameside’s roads. So please stay under the speed limit, especially outside schools where children are vulnerable.
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