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Accident And Casualty Numbers Rose On 20MPH Roads In 2013

Institute Of Advanced Motorists Confirms Alarming New Trend

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has claimed the number of serious accidents on twenty miles per-hour roads increased twenty-six per cent in 2013. The road safety charity's conclusion is based on its analysis of government data. Furthermore, the number of slight accidents – i.e. less serious - rose by seventeen per cent last year on these low speed routes. On this basis, there were more casualties. There was, in fact, a twenty-nine per cent rise in the number of people seriously injured and a nineteen per cent rise of less serious injuries. In contrast, the road safety charity – which works to improve the network for drivers, motorcyclists and peddle cyclists, etc. – has confirmed that this rising trend was not replicated on most faster roads throughout the same period. As such, the number of serious accidents decreased by nine per cent in thirty miles per-hour zones, and by seven per cent on forty miles per-hour routes. There was also a five per cent reduction in slight accidents on thirty miles per-hour routes, and a three per cent fall in forty zones. The Institute of Advanced Motorists wants this trend replicated in twenty zones, so it is calling for those in authority to be proactive/effective. 

Institute Of Advanced Motorists Boss Discusses 20MPH Zones

The Institute of Advanced Motorists Chief Executive, Simon Best, claimed that: “Government and councils need to take stock on the effectiveness of twenty mile per-hour signs.  Recent advice, guidance and relaxation of regulations has all been about making it easier for councils to put twenty mile per-hour limits in place.” The road safety expert continued: “More and more roads are being given a twenty mile per-hour limit but they do not seem to be delivering fewer casualties.  The Institute of Advanced Motorists is concerned that this is because simply putting a sign on a road that still looks like a thirty mile per-hour zone does not change driver behaviour.  More evaluation and research is needed into the real world performance of twenty mile per hour limits to ensure limited funds are being well spent.  In locations with a proven accident problem, authorities need to spend more on changing the character of our roads so that twenty miles per-hour is obvious, self-enforcing and above all contributes to fewer injuries.” Mr Best concluded: “In Europe, it is long term investment in high quality segregated or shared surfaces that have led to a much safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians.”


Speed kills. Yeh, right.

the estate where I live has 20 mph blanket limit,when travelling at,or below this speed I am regularly tailgated by other motorists,the speed pads are awkward to traverse,I cannot straddle them as they foul the (standard) spoiler at the front of my car,can I claim from the council if the spoiler is damaged ?

Actually, this does not surprise me at all. Our local large village has a 20mph speed limit throughout and I was initially in favor. However, what I have noticed is that in the last year people have started jay walking and taking little notice of traffic, assuming it is all moving slowly. Children copy adults and all normal road caution and common sense disappear. I have twice within 4 months had children run straight out in front of my car and even at 20 mph, human reaction times means accidents are more likely. accidents

This is a further example of "lets try this" rather than trying to understand the causes of road fatalities. It is not helped by the views of people like Lisa Goddard who clearly hasn't even thought about the additional load placed on a drivers concentration by more and mor speed bumps and other unproven , with respect to toad safety, devices. There should be a legal requirement tha all new road safety devices are tested over, for example, a one year period and unless they show an improvement in road safety they should be removed.

Perhaps it isn't driver behaviour that is the problem but more that of the pedestrians? This is a 20mph road so I'm safe now syndrome? A bit like what used to happen with Volvo drivers. The thing is car speedometers are so inaccurate at 20mph it is impossible to enforce....not that it does much, with speed humps chicanes it's difficult to do 15 let alone 20! Perhaps it needs to be more education of all road users and respect for all that is required, pedestrian, cyclist, motorist, pram pusher et al.

Is the rise in accidents due to the fact that drivers are so pre-occupied with looking at their speedos that they are not actually watching the road?? Still thats what the police forces want us to do to make roads safer apparently!!

I think every car should have a man walking in front with a red flag ringing a bell and shouting unclean. These men should, of course, all be foreigners and road tax should be increased to £200 per mile. This money can then be spent on increasing the low pay of our councillors, politicians and bankers. I also believe we should all be forced to get out of our vehicles every 10 miles and genuflect towards the Department of Non Transport.

I have said for a long time some drivers seem to go to sleep in 20mph zones, I do not think they are a good idea except for schools and hospitals and could we do the same as scotland, re the schools the 20mph zones are only active during school times not for 24 hrs 7 days a week

I live on a road that is 20mph with speed bumps. The problem we find that people ignore these signs, and drive what ever speed they want, as the speed pumps are spaced in such a way that they don't slow motorist down.

Drivers concentration is less at1255 lower speeds hence more accidents

Simple start would be to install Yellow kerbing throughout the zone and red / white chequered road surface on entry to the areas (non-slip please, i ride a motorbike). On one of my local 20mph areas there is a tiny 20mph sign at approximately 2.4metres on a thin grey post almost immediately as you come off a roundabout and a faded / dirty 20 on the road surface - if you are looking into the road ahead there is no way you will see the signs!