Raising limit to 80mph too dangerous, says Hill
Former world champion racing driver Damon Hill has spoken out against the UK government’s proposals to increase the motorway speed limit to 80mph.
Hill, who won 22 Grand Prix and a Formula One world championship, said that he hardly ever drives above 70mph because “it’s too stressful”.
The UK government is consulting on raising the speed limit from 70mph to 80mph on English and Welsh motorways.
However, the Scottish Government has said the 70mph limit will remain north of the Border.
Hill, who retired in 1999, told said: “Most people aren’t safe to drive over 55.
“Honestly, the speed limit going up to 80mph makes me shudder.
“People drive too fast on the motorway. Mostly they drive too fast, too close to the car in front, and they think they know what they’re doing. And they don’t.”
He added: “I used to drive like that and I had a few near misses. My kids have learnt to drive and they’re out on the roads and it’s dangerous.
“You don’t want to spoil people’s fun. It’s a fantastic day when you get your driving licence, but it is also for some people the worst day of their life.”
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