20mph speed limits make many roads more dangerous
Speed limits of 20mph have made roads more dangerous in many areas, figures have shown.
As much as £11million has been spent on the limits on more than 1,500 miles of road by 20 councils.
However, in some cases, the number of accidents where people were killed or seriously injured has gone up as frustrated drivers take risks to pass slower cars.
In Bath and North East Somerset, the rate of people killed or seriously injured had increased in seven out of 13 areas in 2016. The council had spent £804,000 on 20mph limits between 2012 and 2017, a report uncovered by The Sun found.
Meanwhile, Hampshire has seen the number of accidents increase by 2.6 per cent following the launch of 14 pilot schemes. Figures also revealed that the average speed of drivers in the areas rose by up to 1.4mph.
The AA said that councils should instead make improvements to dangerous junctions and install more pedestrian crossings.