Government admits speeding fatality statistics were exaggerated

Tom Webster

The Department for Transport has admitted that statistics used in a recent Think! anti-speeding campaign were wildly exaggerated.

The campaign, which ran from 2004, claimed that if you hit a child at 40mph there was an 80 percent chance of them dying, while if you hit them at 30mph there was just a 20 percent chance they wouldn't survive. However, it has emerged that the figures were from the 1970s and had not been adjusted for modern cars.