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CONFUSION OF ROAD SAFETY PLANS

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The government wants a big cut in the numbers of road deaths but it has put a brake on the most obvious option - lo...
The government wants a big cut in the numbers of road deaths but it has put a brake on the most obvious option - lowering national speed limits, reports The Guardian (p17).

On Wednesday it will publish its review of road safety and speed on the roads. But any immediate decision on changes in speed limits have been handed to local authorities. They, following a direct intervention by the prime minister, will be instructed to reduce by 50% the number of children killed or seriously hurt.

They have been given the power to reduce local speed limits where appropriate to 20mph to cut the risk faced by children near schools and on residential streets.

But there are serious doubts about wheter the strategy can work without major funding from central government for a nationwide programme of traffic calming in residential neighbourhoods.

There are still vital questions that need clarification from the government. Perhaps that will come later in guidance to local authorities.

The government review is to be 'target driven' but though deaths and injuries are expected to fall, the government has abandoned hopes of cutting the number of accidents. They are expected to rise as traffic increases.

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