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PLANS TO REDUCE ROAD DEATH RATES

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The government will today set out plans to improve road safety in order to reduce road deaths and injuries by 40% i...
The government will today set out plans to improve road safety in order to reduce road deaths and injuries by 40% in 2010 (see LGCnet).

The Financial Times (p4) reports that local authorities will be encouraged to create 20 mph zones, particularly around schools. Councils coming forward with such proposals are likely to receive more government money for local transport plans.

Britain's road safety record is second only to Sweden in Europe, but the country is near the bottom of the European league table for child pedestrian deaths.

Lord Macdonald, transport minister, will today launch a campaign to change public attitudes to speeding.

Mike Storey, leader of Liverpool City Council, told BBC Radio Four's Today programme he welcomed the new responsibilities but new resources would also be needed.

'My concern is not the thrust of the policy, which is clearly right and sensible', he said, but putting up 20 mph speed limit signs would not be effective, 'unless you have the resources available, unless you have enforcement taking place'.

'It's all very well the government abdicating its responsibility by telling councils to put up these signs and do this, unless they make the resources available to councils', he said.

The£750m which the government says is available for transport

measures next year will not be enough to meet the needs of this new

legislation, Mr Storey said.

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