Plans for pilot 20mph speed limit scheme welcomed

12 05 2013

 

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Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed a proposed pilot 20mph speed limit scheme to be developed by DRD Roads Service at Whitehall, Ballycastle. It is proposed to carry out the works later this financial year.

 Councillor Cunningham who has been a strong supporter of the local “Twenty is plenty” campaign also called for the Assembly to bring for the necessary legislation from Conall McDevitt’s Private Members Bill which will reduce the speed limit on residential and urban roads from 30mph to 20mph. 

 “The main elements of the scheme at Whitehall will consist of the introduction of a 20mph speed limit in the Whitehall area without the addition of traffic calming features. The scheme aims to manage vehicle speeds and driver behaviour.”

“I believe that by reducing the speed limit on designated restricted roads we could act positively to reduce collisions and fatalities on our roads. Road injuries are amongst the leading causes of loss of life and disability worldwide, and regionally, a reduction in road related death and injury is a major aim of public policy.

“Guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended the introduction of 20mph speed limits and zones as an important way of improving safety

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