LGP News - Leicester Green Party welcomes NHS call for 20mph limits
|Leicester Green Party welcomes NHS call for 20mph limits|
|Wed, Jan 26, 2011|
Health directors’ new report agrees with long-standing Green Party policy(1)
The Green Party this morning welcomed a new NHS report (2) on road deaths and injuries which strongly recommends a general 20 mph speed limit, without humps and bumps, on all residential roads.
At Leicester City Council meeting of 26th June 2008, the Council agreed to 20mph speed limit around schools, as proposed by former Green Party councillors Matt Follett and Phil Gordon.
Directors of Public Health in the North West have produced the report, which draws attention to the high rates of death and injury on roads in the region where children are more likely to be injured in road traffic collisions than anywhere else in the country.
Leicester Green Party spokesperson Geoff Forse commented:
“This is an incredibly important report from NHS Directors of Public Health. It says we have a serious problem with death and injury on the roads and it says the solution is a 20-mph limit. I agree.
“The report presents compelling evidence that lives could have been saved and injuries reduced if 20 mph limits had been introduced, which is why we are calling for a city-wide 20mph speed limit on all residential roads in Leicester.”
The reports main points include:
Other regions in the country may have slightly better records than in the North West, said the Greens, but they would be advised to follow the 20-mph policy to reduce road deaths further.
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