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.”