London, 7 Nov 2002.
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ABD Calls For Controlled 15mph Limits Near Schools
Everybody would agree that our children deserve the opportunity to walk or cycle to school in safety. The popular misconception that attempting to force drivers near schools to travel at 20mph, 24 hours a day, seven days of the week will achieve this is not one the ABD shares.
 
The Association of British Drivers instead calls for appropriate limits for the circumstances to be applied at appropriate times near all schools. 20mph can be a dangerously reckless speed past a busy school gate whereas 40mph may be perfectly safe at a quiet time. Twenty-four hour 20mph limits can only ever be a poor compromise solution.
 
The ABD proposes limit zones controlled by flashing lights. These could be set to 15 or 20mph depending upon circumstances and should be controlled by a switch inside the school to allow for the varying entry and exit times in modern schools. When switched off, the limit will revert to whatever is appropriate for the particular road under clear conditions.
 
ABD Chairman Brian Gregory said:
"We firmly believe that drivers will respect these limits that they will see are appropriate and that this will help create a safe environment for our children. Inappropriate fixed 24/7 limits will only create further disrespect for all limits and thus increase danger."
ABD Road safety Spokesman Mark McArthur-Christie said:
"Similar systems to that proposed have been tried in Glasgow, Derbyshire and Yorkshire with successful results. Not only do the flashing lights remind drivers that the limit is in force, they also draw the driver's attention to the likelihood of children being in or near the road, something not achieved by fixed limits."

 

A temporary 20 limit in use near a school in South Normanton, Derbyshire.
This road — the B6019 — normally has a 30mph limit.

 
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