Wednesday 15 September 2004 3.16pm
Apparently this is a serious proposal. It is clear that in an accident with a pedestrian or cyclist a vehicle travelling at 20 mph will do less damage than on at 30 mph, and one doing 10 mph even less, and 5 mph less still. Years ago many roads became 30mph zones instead of 40 mph ones. Take this on another 20 years and the proposals from those with political axes to grind against the use of vehicles will be proposing 10 mph limits. Legislation for proper cycle lanes and enforcement of laws as in other countries to control jaywalking would save many more lives than tinkereing with the speed limits. If pedestrians crossed at the proper crossings and were fined if caught crossing on Red signals as are car drivers many lives could be saved. Unpopular, but tell me it's not as valid.
Yes there are bastard car, van and lorry drivers out there, but they are a small minority who may be just the ones who would ignore the new limits if introduced. The majority of drivers do use a little sense in controlling their speed, 45 mph along the dual carriageway part of The Old Kent Road
on a quiet 2 am drive is clearly safer than 20 mph outside a school at rush-hour. Which one is legal? You guessed it.