Too early to claim success

Too early to claim success

Too early to claim success

First published in Letters

I WOULD like to respond to Rod King’s letter celebrating the success of the 20mph speed limits recently placed on our streets.

If a new system is implemented it can only be deemed successful if it actually achieves the promised outcome, this certainly does not. To achieve any element of success drivers must adhere to the speed limit imposed and the majority of them do not.

I live on a fairly quiet road off a main A road, 99 per cent of drivers completely ignore the 20mph limit, in fact the latest game seems to be to go as fast as possible. Cars and vans have passed my house at speeds in excess of 40mph and 50mph.

Because my road is wider than some of those in the surrounding estate, it is used as a cut through and the speeds of some of these drivers beggars belief. I’m sure one vehicle exceeded 60mph!

There are young families around here and it would only involve one escaping toddler to result in a fatality at these dangerous speeds.

Drivers either deliberately ignore speed limits or think the 20 limit is not subject to law.

So, Mr King until drivers are taught the error of their ways and somehow forced to keep to 20mph, the scheme cannot be regarded as successful and is certainly not something to prematurely celebrate.

JULIA MCKIE Great Sankey

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9:24am Sun 31 Aug 14

Traveller29 says...

Julia, I am with you 100%!

It is exactly the same in our Close which, with cars parked (some stradling the pavements), also has a blind bend to make things worse.

I asked the council how the 20mph limit was to be enforced and was told it is not their responsibility they only put the signs up and to contact the police? So, a waste of public money (again) by the looks of it - altough the money for this came from Goverment as someone in a suit said it improved road safety!

The only effective way to enforce a restriction like this is speed humps?
Julia, I am with you 100%! It is exactly the same in our Close which, with cars parked (some stradling the pavements), also has a blind bend to make things worse. I asked the council how the 20mph limit was to be enforced and was told it is not their responsibility they only put the signs up and to contact the police? So, a waste of public money (again) by the looks of it - altough the money for this came from Goverment as someone in a suit said it improved road safety! The only effective way to enforce a restriction like this is speed humps? Traveller29
  • Score: 2

1:54pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Pixpix says...

I would prefer these schemes to be judged not on whether the limits are obeyed, but whether they reduce deaths and injuries. Unfortunately, the figures suggest that 20 limits increase deaths and injuries significantly. Our councils love spending our money on these schemes and blindly believing the speed kills propaganda that we have been getting fed for years. Meanwhile, road users are being unnecessarily killed and injured.
I would prefer these schemes to be judged not on whether the limits are obeyed, but whether they reduce deaths and injuries. Unfortunately, the figures suggest that 20 limits increase deaths and injuries significantly. Our councils love spending our money on these schemes and blindly believing the speed kills propaganda that we have been getting fed for years. Meanwhile, road users are being unnecessarily killed and injured. Pixpix
  • Score: 5
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