RoSPA said a new report published today into the contributory factors to road accidents reinforces the need to continue the fight against speeding drivers and to persuade more motorists to take refresher training.
The report, published by the Department for Transport alongside latest casualty figures, said that exceeding the speed limit or going too fast for the conditions was a contributory factor in 26 per cent of all fatal accidents. These accidents accounted for 28 per cent of all fatalities - 793 of the 3,201 people killed in crashes.
The study showed that failing to look properly was the most frequently reported contributory factor in accidents (32 per cent) and loss of control was a factor in 35 per cent of fatal accidents.
Kevin Clinton, RoSPA Head of Road Safety, said: "We welcome the news that deaths and injuries on our roads continue to fall, but this report shows that we have to re-emphasise the need to continue with the overall campaign against speed. It is not just about cameras, we have to continue with engineering measures, traffic calming, advertising and speed awareness courses.
"Manufacturers need to do more to make it easier for drivers to see what speed their vehicle is doing.
"People wanting help on how to manage their speed should see our Top Ten Tips on Staying Within the Limit at www.rospa.com/roadsafety/toptentips/.
"Failing to look properly and loss of control are symptoms of poor driving and that shows the importance of everyone taking some form of refresher training. Very few drivers know it is available, and awareness does need to be raised about these courses.
"RoSPA's advanced driving and riding groups can help with this and the Society also offers assessments for experienced drivers."
Although provisional estimates for drink-drive deaths in 2005 are down by three per cent to 560 victims in 2005, the Society said that the limit still needed to be cut to 50mg as this could save 65 lives and 230 serious injuries a year.