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Brake Highlights Selfish Driving For Road Safety Week

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As part of this week's focus on road safety, organiser Brake has released information on how common acts of selfish driving are in Britain. Road Safety Week is designed to help reduce the five fatalities and 61 severe injuries that take place on British roads daily, with police forces joining in by increasing their enforcement efforts.

The statistics given on the Brake website show that last year nearly a million fixed penalty notices were given for speeding and 'careless driving' - that's nearly two every single minute. Of these, 950,505 were the result of speeding and 17,483 for careless driving, a new 'catch all' penalty introduced in August last year, that allows police to use their discretion to penalise a number of offences, including tailgating on the motorway, for example. The offence of careless driving is categorised in three ways: CD10 for driving without due care and attention, CD20 for driving without reasonable consideration for other road users and CD30 for a combination of the previous two.

Geographically, the worst areas for selfish driving through speeding are the South East, with 142,363 offences, followed by Scotland with 102,320 and the North West, with 100,469 speeding fines issued last year. Scotland posted by far the highest number of 'careless driving' offences in 2013 at 3,487, followed by London with 2,275 and then the East with 1,968.

By postcode, the highest number of speeding offences were committed by drivers residing in Maidenhead's SL6 area with 1,831 offenders, followed by NG5 in Nottingham with 5,524 and SL1 in Slough with 1,522 speeders. Careless driving is worst by residents of ST3 in Stoke on Trent, with 45 offenders, CR0 in Croydon with 43 and PA2 in Paisley, with residents charged with 40 offences.

As part of its campaign, Brake surveyed 5,000 children of primary school age and discovered that more than two thirds of them feel in danger on foot or using a bicycle around their local roads. Forty one per cent of those surveyed claim to have been hit by a vehicle or had a near miss while walking or cycling.

This week's campaign, called 'Look Out for Each Other' focuses on urging drivers to slow down to protect other road users, to look for longer before manoeuvring and to show consideration to other road users. Brake is using social media to encourage support for the campaign and is asking road users to take a six point road safety pledge, at the same time urging their MP to sign a motion in support.

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