British drivers warned over breaking speed laws abroad

21 August 2012

The holiday season is drawing to a close, but many will see the August bank holiday as the last chance to jump in the car and hop across the channel to explore the delights of Europe.

However, new research by has found that many motorists are flouting European road regulations and continually break the law whether it be speeding or through dangerous driving.

The price comparison site’s survey found that 31 per cent of drivers admitted to going over the speed limit, while nine per cent of Brits had previously got behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

Officials warned that motorists face fines of up to €1,500 (£1,180) if caught speeding, depending on the severity of the offence.

Peter Harrison, car insurance expert at MoneySupermarket, said: “It’s worrying Brits are so blasé about driving in Europe – being in the ‘holiday spirit’ is just no excuse.”

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