Slower is sim­ply safer

Bristol Post - - COMMENT -

✒ I AGREE with the com­ment from Gill Tan­ner about 20mph lim­its around schools.

We need full and proper en­force­ment of 20mph lim­its around schools.

But are the po­lice re­ally to blame for this? Should we not in­stead fo­cus on the driv­ers?

If ev­ery­one fol­lowed the lim­its (which are the law, af­ter all) then we would see far fewer col­li­sions, deaths and mu­ti­lat­ing in­juries on our roads. It is the speed­ing driv­ers who are at fault – and they are a self­ish mi­nor­ity.

The best ap­proach is a city-wide scheme, with full and ef­fec­tive en­force­ment cou­pled with on­go­ing ed­u­ca­tion and in­flu­enc­ing.

Driv­ers can slow down if they want to, and the ac­tual hard ev­i­dence (from the re­port from UWE which col­lected and as­sessed in­for­ma­tion into this) is that yes, speeds have slowed down and this has led to very sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions in deaths and in­juries on our roads.

If the trend con­tin­ues and all driv­ers slow down a bit, deaths and

in­juries will fall even fur­ther, which is af­ter all why we have the lim­its in the first place.

Driv­ers can do their bit of course, be­cause if they slow down to the limit, this will slow down the ve­hi­cles be­hind.

Most driv­ers are in­deed do­ing this. Chil­dren’s lives are too pre­cious to be put at risk, and Gill is right to raise this im­por­tant point.

Paul Thomp­son


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