80mph Motorway Plans Go Ahead
The government has agreed to trial speed limits of 80mph on some sections of motorways across the country, some are already in place.
Road Safety Charity Brake is appealing against such changes and is calling on the Government to abandon its plans including recent trials.
Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive said: “”This is a gamble with people’s lives. There has been no research into the safety of this trial, but there is a mountain of evidence that higher speeds result in more needless and violent crashes and casualties.
“It is hard to see the logic behind this trial when the potential benefits of 80mph limits are so questionable. On our congested motorways they are unlikely to significantly shorten journey times, and could lengthen them by creating an uneven flow and increasing speed differentials between cars and speed-limited trucks. Driving at 80mph also means higher fuel consumption and increased carbon emissions.
“The government should instead look at how it can reduce costly and devastating crashes, and reduce congestion, through more variable speed limits and other measures, without
negating the safety benefits by increasing the upper limit. We urge the Transport Secretary to consult road safety groups in the coming weeks to hear their views.”
Brake firmly believes increasing motorways speed limits to 80mph is more likely to increase the number of road traffic accidents that occur year on year due to speeding and people becoming incompetent and wreck less whilst driving.
Brake is encouraging members of the public to back its ‘No to 80mph campaign’ by signing a petition and showing their support in helping improve the safety of motorists across the UK.
Mr. Wood from PHC Law said: “We deal with many cases that arise from accidents caused by speeding. I fear that increasing motorway speed limits could potentially increase the number of serious injuries arising from road traffic accidents. I hope the efforts of the Brake’s ‘No to 80mph campaign’ is successful to improve the safety of motorists”.
Mr.Wood of PHC Law personal injury solicitors recovers compensation for road traffic accident victims nationwide.
If you would like to show your support and sign their petition, please visit: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-to-80mph-speed-limits/