A road safety campaign group has backed Birmingham City Council’s plans to set a 20 mph speed limit on most roads.
Birmingham-based DriveSafe says that reducing speeds in residential areas and near schools, hospitals and shops will lead to significant reducition in serious accidents, injuries and most importantly deaths.
Birmingham City Council has launched its ‘20 is Plenty’ consultation campaign over the plans under which residential and side streets, which make up 90 per cent of the road network, will get the lower limit.
DriveSafe Founder Fay Goodman said: “Birmingham City Council’s proposals to make roads in the city safer and to reduce the number and severity of accidents speed limits are to be applauded.
“In addition to residential areas, there should also be a 20mph speed limit in and around busy shopping areas, schools, leisure centres and hospitals, as well as near transport interchanges including bus, rail and coach stations.
“Far too many people are killed or seriously injured in built-up areas by people driving too fast and it’s well-proven that pedestrians are more likely to survive accidents at lower impact speeds.”
The City Council says it will take up to seven years to roll the limits out across the whole city.
It is consulting until November 29 on the road safety policy.
Details are available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/20mph