Road Safety week

19 11 2012

 

Speaking at the start of Road Safety week, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has highlighted the results of a survey carried out by road safety charity Brake which is calling for 20mph speed limits near schools, homes and shops.

The survey of 8,000 children shows 70% of youngsters would be able to walk and cycle more if roads were safer.

Brake’s findings show 43% of the children aged seven to 11 said they have been hit or nearly hit while walking or cycling, while a further 54% worried about being hurt by traffic.

“As part of Road Safety Week we need to raise awareness among drivers about the need for slower speeds in built up areas. The Assembly is soon to debate proposals requiring for a 20mph speed limit in residential areas. As well as that we need to take a serious look at routes walking and cycling to our schools.”

“A private members Bill will urge the Assembly to work towards 20mph being the norm in all built up areas.”

Studies show that at 20mph drivers have much more time to react and fewer casualties occur among pedestrians and cyclists.

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