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'One fifth of drivers speed daily'

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Almost 20% of UK drivers exceed the speed limit at least once a day, figures have shown.

A poll from Co-operative Insurance found that almost three quarters of drivers regularly speed, while 19% admitted going over the limit on a daily basis.

As many as 6% said they exceeded the speed limit every time they got in their car compared with only 27% who said they never speed.

Figures showed that drivers in Northern Ireland were most likely to speed, while motorists in north east England were least likely to do so.

Two fifths of drivers confessed to slowing down when approaching speed cameras and speeding up again when they had passed them.

More than 40% of those polled said speed cameras encouraged reckless driving as motorists were constantly braking and speeding.

Director of general insurance at Co-operative Insurance, David Neave, said: "The frenetic pace of life today means that speeding has become endemic in British society.

"People often don't think about the dangers of driving a few miles an hour over the limit. But that can mean the difference between having a safe journey or a collision, and whether you survive or not."

© The Press Association 2008