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    Know your limits

    Big BenDid you know that plans have been drawn by ministers to lower speed limits from 60 to 50 mph on two thirds of Britain's roads?According to reports in the Telegraph and Times, it could happen as early as next year, and will probably be enforced with cameras that calculate average speeds.Drivers will still be able to reach 70 mph on motorways and dual carriageways, but 60 mph will be allowed only on a small minority of the safest A-roads. It's the most dramatic cut since 1978, when the national speed limit was reduced from 70 to 60 mph.It all might sound a bit confusing, but when you consider that an average of 3,000 people a year are being killed on our roads, with 69% of those accidents happening on rural roads, it's clear that something needs to be done to reduce the danger. Average speed cameras work by measuring how fast a car travels over a stretch of road, from one point to another. They tend to be less unpopular than the original type - that has often been seen by motorists as little more than a government money making scheme. Other measures being considered to make our roads safer include a penalty of six points for people who speed excessively (meaning you'd lose your licence if caught twice) and 'drug-driving' limits to counter the accidents caused by drivers under the influence of illegal substances.Taking things a step further, Warwickshire Council has faced a wave of complaints following its decision to erect new speed cameras without the warning signs. This won't do much to convince some drivers that they are simply a stealth tax, but perhaps more of us would be more cautious if we were unaware of where the traps were. This is the opinion of taken by authorities in other parts of the world, such as Australia and Germany, where cameras are actively concealed to catch as many people out as possible.Whether you think they're a good idea or not, speeding restrictions are here to stay, and we'll all have to up our awareness or risk the outcome of being caught. We'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the proposed new laws. Do you think it's the best way forward, or do you think drivers should be given more freedom or maybe more education to cut accident rates?

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