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Vox-pop: Shock as new report reveals the number of drivers who don’t know the speed limit on motorway

PUBLISHED: 13:33 07 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:33 07 February 2013

FIGURES from a new report have revealed 8% of drivers believe the speed limit on a motorway is 80mph.

We went out on to the streets of Ipswich to ask people if they were shocked by the number of drivers who did not know the limit was 70mph.

Melvyn Baber, of Woodbridge, said: “They shouldn’t have a licence if they don’t know the speed limit – they are there for a reason.”

Fern Cox, also from Woodbridge, added: “It doesn’t surprise me. I think a lot of people believe the speed limit is more than it is.”

Samantha Haste, of Kesgrave, expressed concern that she would get hurt if a speeding driver crashed into her while she is learning to drive.

Dale Catling, of Holbrook, said: “It doesn’t really surprise me because I think everybody probably speeds.”

Billy Ripp, also of Holbrook, is currently learning to drive.

He said: “Considering I have known what the speed limit is since I was about 12, it is quite surprising.

“I think that people should know the speed limit if they want to be able to drive.”

Jake Sexton, of Felixstowe, added: “For qualified drivers, it is quite shocking that some of them do not know what the speed limits are.”

■ Are you surprised 8% of drivers don’t know the speed limit on a motorway? Leave your thoughts below.

6 comments

  • You have a 10% + 2 mph margin of error for the speedometer before you will be prosecuted, so the speed limit in practice is 79mph. Congrats to the 8% for being only 1mph out.

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    Ted Maul

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • I live in Suffolk - what's a motorway?

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    Citizen

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Hardly surprising. From personal observation I'd say that a very high proportion of motorists wouldn't be considered fit to be on the road, were it not for the fact that the driving test is far too easy to pass.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • I expect the number of people who do not know the speed limits for lorries on all types of roads, including HGV drivers, is far higher. Do speed cameras monitor lorries which have different limits to other vehicals?

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • How about asking drivers what the National Speed limit is on a dual carrigeway is, I think you might be supprised.

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    PSM3449

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • One question may be whether all those asked were natives of the uk as if not they may not be aware, although this is of course no defence it could be a genuine reason. To be honest it seems a small percentage to me anyway bearing in mind that I would assume 100% know a red light means stop yet not all choose to notice!

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    MZH

    Friday, February 8, 2013

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