20mph Limit Comes into Force
Many accident hotspots throughout the UK are set to be slowed down to 20mph in a bid to reduce the number of accidents and injuries reported.The new 20mph zones are expected to reduce accidents by 20-30 per cent.
In 1996, the first evaluation of 20mph zones was carried out throughout various parts of the UK. It found the number of injuries arising from road traffic accidents significantly reduced by 60%, and child injury accidents dropped by 67%. Though plans for the 20mph zones did not remain compulsory, the evidence supports the effectiveness of 20mph zones as a way of preventing injuries on the road.
Due to increasing rise of serious injuries and fatalities reported each year that arise from road traffic accidents, the Government now plans to widen the use of 20mph throughout many residential areas in the UK, particularly those with the highest number of accidents recorded.
Councils are being encouraged to introduce the 20mph schemes into areas where cycle and pedestrian traffic is high, particularly around schools shops and parks. Places chosen are usually graded by severity as if a places are accident hotspots.
Speed significantly increases the chance of being injured in a collision. Studies which compare injury severity with vehicle speed show that accidents at speeds above 20mph are more likely to result in severe injuries, rather than minor injuries.
Motorists exceeding the 20mph speed limit will get an automatic fine of £60 and 3 penalty points through the post.
Mr. Chris Wood an experienced Preston solicitor for personal injury said: “Too many pedestrians, cyclists and children remain to be victims of road traffic accidents caused by speeding in residential areas. I hope the new 20mph scheme will drastically improve the safety of road users for the future”.