Young motor insurance customers 'admit to speeding'

Thursday, 01 July 2010

More than half of young motor insurance policyholders have been in a car driven at speeds in excess of 70mph on a rural road, new research has revealed.

The same number - 56 per cent - have travelled at speeds of more than 40mph in a 30mph zone, according to the research from road safety charity Brake in association with FedEx Express.

Motor insurance customers who are caught speeding could receive a fixed penalty notice fine of £60, incur three points on their driving licence, or, in serious cases, be required to attend court.

Speeding offences can impact on the premiums on a car insurance policy.

According to figures from the Department for Transport, last year, 43 per cent of the people who died on the roads in crashes involving speed were aged between 16 and 25 years old.

"Many young people get a thrill from driving fast with their friends in the car, but because of the way young people's brains develop, they often don't yet have the ability to control their thrill-seeking tendencies.

"They often feel invincible and over-estimate their power to get out of trouble," said Ellen Booth, campaigns officer for Brake, a charity which works to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads in the UK and around the world.

Posted by Noel Martin

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