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Monday 11th May 2009

Computer games and films fuel 'culture of speed'

Computer games, TV programmes and Hollywood films showing high-speed chases and spectacular crashes are encouraging a dangerous culture of speeding in the UK, according to a report by The Co-operative Insurance.

The report, A Question of Speed, was launched at a parliamentary reception attended by the road safety minister, Jim Fitzpatrick MP.

David Neave, The Co-operative Insurance, said: “It is undoubtedly the case that games, TV and films have fuelled the increase in speeding. The Fast & The Furious and Top Gear are devoted to speeding and are targeted at a younger audience who are more likely to be encouraged to speed.”

The common perception that young men are the worst offenders for speeding was reinforced by the report, which examined the attitudes of 3,000 people across the UK. More than a third of those aged 17-18 and a quarter of those aged 19-21 said they break the speed limit at least once a day. Just 17% of teen drivers said they never speed, compared with more than half of older drivers.

Click here to download a copy of the report.

For further information contact Duncan Bowker on 0161 903 3819.



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