Brake and RoSPA Want More 20mph Speed Limits
by Jonathan Clensy |
posted 28 September 2017
Brake, the road safety charity believes that one clear way of reducing fatalities is by reducing speed limits in residential areas and has today pledged its support for proposals put forward in Scotland for a default 20mph limit in built-up areas. The charity has issued a consultation response to a members' bill proposed by Mark Ruskell MSP (Mid Scotland and Fife) for a lower speed limit. But, what about in other parts of the UK?
It has been shown that 20mph zones significantly decrease the risk of being injured in a collision, and RoSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) would like to see their wider use in residential areas.
Thought Provoking Figures
There are still a high number of casualties on urban roads in the UK. In 2015, 747 people were killed, 15,517 were seriously injured and 133,753 slightly injured in reported road collisions on built-up roads in Great Britain. A large proportion of these accidents occurred on residential roads, with 90 deaths on B roads in built-up areas and 292 deaths on other minor roads in built-up areas.
The majority of pedestrian casualties occur in built-up areas: 20 of the 25 child pedestrians and 288 of the 383 adult pedestrians who were killed in 2015, died on built-up roads. Pedal cyclists are also vulnerable in built-up areas, with almost half of cyclist deaths (48 out of 100) and most cyclist casualties (17,252 out of 18,884) occurring on these roads.
Commenting on the Scottish proposals, Jason Wakeford, Brake's Director of Campaigns, said: "A default 20mph limit across built-up areas in Scotland offers a golden opportunity to save lives, promote sustainable transport and improve the environment. Travelling at lower speeds drastically reduces the risk of death and serious injury and encourages more walking and cycling - relieving pressure on the NHS and other public services."
Local Authorities are responsible for determining where 20mph zones and limits should be introduced but RoSPA encourages them to take advantage of opportunities to introduce them where they are needed. They would like to see consultation and engagement with local communities and other stakeholders, to make sure that safer roads are prioritised where needed and that local communities have input into the scheme's development.