Slower is simply safer
✒ 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.