Councils spending rising by 50% in a year on traffic calming. What’s your view?

Research by Churchill insurance, according to the company shows that expenditure on traffic-calming measures grew by £26.1m between 2013 and 2014, with councils’ expenditure typically increasing from £213,895 to £327,585, although the amount spent by each
council varied widely.

A spokesman for Churchill claims 20 mph zones are responsible for the sharp rise in spending, commenting: “We are in support of this. 6000 zones with 20 mph limits is only a good thing”.

Are you against 20 mph limits:
But many drivers are opposed to the traffic-calming measures. More than 47% of motorists surveyed claimed that speed bumps and other measures cause damage to vehicles and almost a quarter said they had personally suffered such damage.
Fewer than half of motorists said they think traffic-calming measures are effective in slowing vehicles down.

Are you for them?
Around two-thirds of crashes in which people are killed or injured occur on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or less. At 30 mph vehicles are traveling at 44 feet (about 3 car lengths) each second. One blink and the driver may fail to see the early warning brake lights; a short glance away and the movement of a child behind a parked car will be missed. Even in good conditions, the difference in stopping distance between 30 mph and 35 mph is an extra 21 feet, more than 2 car lengths.
If average speeds reduced by 1 mph, the accident rate would fall by approximately 5%. This varies slightly according to road type, so that a 1 mph reduction in average speed would reduce accident frequency by about 6% on urban main roads and residential roads with low average speeds

However, police have admitted that they are not enforcing the new 20 mph speed limits. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police supported this by stating that 20 mph zones are “designed to be self-enforcing”.

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