Most drivers in the UK are against the idea of a blanket 20mph speed limit on urban roads.
The aim of the proposal is to improve general road safety and reduce the amount of traffic accidents in built-up areas.
But research by Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) reveals at least half of drivers are opposed to such an all-encompassing speed restriction.
Under a third on the other hand, are willing to embrace the idea and a fifth are undecided on the plans, while it seems male drivers are more likely to voice opposition to the proposal than their female counterparts.
When it comes to enforcing lower speed limits outside schools, however, nine in 10 drivers agree it would be a good idea.
A third are supportive of 20mph zones next to parks, while a fifth are in favour of them outside hospitals and shops.
Three quarters of drivers believe that such speed limits would help to increase safety for pedestrians, yet only a fifth think it would be a positive step for cyclists. Improved levels of pollution and noise are not seen as important benefits.
Alternatively, two thirds would like to see a specially tailored re-education course for drivers caught doing up to 30mph in a 20mph zone.
Road traffic accident claims
Accident Advice Helpline deals with a number of cases involving injuries that have occurred in road traffic accidents every day, from minor head and neck injuries to more serious complaints such as whiplash.
Anyone who has been injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault is likely to be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
This doesn’t just include the drivers of the vehicles; any passengers travelling in the cars with them can also make a claim. Even if you were a passenger in the vehicle that was at fault for the accident, you can still claim.
Source: I Am Road Smart
Date Published: May 16, 2014
Author: David Brown