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Monday, December 18, 2017

"Safer" 20mph Zones Aren't "Safer"

Oh dear it seems that Nanny's fetish for reducing road speeds (for our own protection) has made the roads more dangerous.

Bath and North East Somerset Council spent £871,000 bringing in the 13 new speed zones just 12 months ago.

One year on, a report has found that the rate of people killed or seriously injured has gone up in seven out of the 13 new 20mph zones.

The review of the traffic control measures warns that this is a problem nationally. As per The Telegraph:
"There is no simple explanation for this adverse trend but it could be that local people perceive the area to be safer due to the presence of the 20mph restrictions and thus are less diligent when walking and crossing roads, cycling or otherwise travelling."

Despite the council's own report concluding that there is "little in the way of persuasive argument for continuing the programme in the future", deputy leader Patrick Anketell-Jones has admitted there simply isn't the money available to reverse the 20mph zones.
"It has cost over £800,000 to roll out the 20mph zone and it would probably cost the same to reverse them.

We just haven't got the money. I'm pretty sure the 20mph zones will stay in place for the foreseeable future." 
Money wasted on a scheme that in fact harms Nanny's citizens!

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  1. Another 800k to take an angle grinder to the 20MPH signs? I'll do it for 100k

  2. Anonymous1:57 PM

    The problem with such low speed limits is that the driver tends to spend more time looking at the speedometer rather than the road ahead.
    This is not just mere speculation. I am an advanced driver, a league of safe drivers member and not only do I have an HGV class 1 license, but I am also qualified to instruct.

    1. I'm late commenting so this will likely go unnoticed but I feel I have to. I agree. Moreover there is now what I've come to think of as "the fone zombie" who just steps out without a care.

      Ditto. Advanced driver here. I have a re-purposed smart-phone as a dash-cam. Here's why.. student with earbuds in, leapt over those metal barriers you have on corners, with his back to me, straight in front of my car. I stopped with inches to spare. Banged horn. Nothing. Twat couldn't hear me. Bounced across road, leapt across the barriers on the other side and trotted off like (in my mind, sex pistols who shot) bambi. It was, of course, dark.

  3. Anonymous8:35 AM

    With compensation claims ever rising it occurs to me that if someone is out to bag themselves a nice little earner from 'Bastard Injury Lawers 4 U', then they can be rewarded at much less risk by purposely hurling themselves in front of a slow moving car than a faster moving one.
    Just saying..........