20mph speed lim­its make many roads more dan­ger­ous

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

 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.

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