UK's New Speed Limit: Down to 50MPH
The decision is supported by the current number of collisions leading to death or serious injury and aims to cut it by a third. The 50mph limit would be imposed "where risks are relatively high and there is evidence that a lower limit would significantly reduce casualties," Transport Minister Jim Fitzpatrick told The Daily Mail.
Here's an excerpt from the "A Safer Way" consultation documents found on the DfT website, "On the whole, the British road network is relatively safe by international standards. Nevertheless, there are considerable variations of the levels of safety on different parts of the network. Of particular concern are rural roads: over 60 per cent of all deaths occur on rural roads, but they account for just over 40 per cent of traffic."
Research reports have showed a large number of pedestrian casualties as well which gave DfT enough reason to implement low speed zones in built-up areas. Soon, residential areas will have a 20mph speed limit in order to increase safety around schools, shops, markets, playgrounds and other areas with a high traffic of pedestrians and cyclists.
"Not only do these zones make our streets safer, but they also have potential to reduce pollution and improve public health by encouraging walking and cycling. The limited evidence gathered to date suggests that people walk and cycle more in areas subject to 20 mph zones," is also mentioned in the aforementioned official document.
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