|Accidents inside 20 mph zones up by 26 per cent last year|
Perhaps Peterborough City Council (egged on by the serially useless* Cllr Turnip) need to rethink their 20 mph Speed Limit policy for the City. The Institute of Advanced Motorists has been doing some research:
Dominic Lipinski [PA Wire] writes: If you thought the introduction of 20mph speed limits automatically made roads safer and reduced the number of casualties, think again. Data analysed by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) shows the number of accidents on 20mph roads increased by over a quarter (26 per cent) last year, reports Car Throttle.
Slight accidents on roads with 20mph limits increased by 17 per cent. In the same year, there was a decrease in the number of serious and slight accidents on 30mph roads and 40mph roads. Serious accidents went down nine per cent on 30mph roads and by seven per cent on 40mph roads.
Not surprisingly, because the number of accidents went up on roads with 20mph limits, so did the number of casualties. Serious injuries increased by a significant 29 per cent while slight casualties went up by 19 per cent; fairly damning evidence about the effectiveness of 20mph limits, which have been springing up in towns and cities all across the UK.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "The government and councils need to take stock of the effectiveness of 20mph signs. Recent advice, guidance and the relaxation of regulations has all been about making it easier for councils to put 20mph limits in place.
"More and more roads are being given a 20mph limit but they do not seem to be delivering fewer casualties. The IAM are concerned that this is because simply putting a sign on a road that still looks like a 30mph zone does not change driver behaviour.
"More evaluation and research is needed into the real world performance of 20mph limits to ensure limited funds are being well spent. In locations with a proven accident problem, authorities need to spend more on changing the character of our roads so that 20mph is obvious, self-enforcing and above all contributes to fewer injuries.
"In Europe, it is long term investment in high quality segregated or shared surfaces that have led to a much safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians."
* Seriously Folks...Just what has Cllr Chris Harper done for his East Stanground Ward over the last 4 1/2 years. Planting? No Seats on Green Wheel? No Stop Verge Parking? No Add your own see comments icon below
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