A HORSHAM man has launched a campaign to encourage parish councils in the Horsham District to introduce a 20mph speed limit more widely.
Antony Fletcher has sent a detailed report about road safety to parish councils, neighbourhood councils and Horsham District Council urging them to consider introducing the 20’s Plenty scheme to some of the district’s roads.
He proposes that all urban areas in the Horsham District should have a default speed limit of 20mph and uses Government reports, news articles, research from other UK councils and information from the Highway Code to back up his recommendations.
In his accompanying letter he writes: “There is overwhelming evidence that lower speeds save lives and reduce injuries, especially for pedestrians and cyclists.
“West Sussex County Council is being pressed by the local councils in Chichester and Worthing to impose 20mph limits widely and the council is considering these requests.
“Local authorities now adopting 20mph include Portsmouth, Oxford, Warrington, Lancashire, Liverpool, Brighton, York, Bristol and Islington. For Portsmouth and Warrington there have been reports which show casualties reducing by more than 20 per cent.
“A recent NHS report in the north west found that over four-fifths of child casualties occur on roads that have a speed limit of 30mph and that 140 killed or seriously injured child casualties could be saved each year if 20mph had been applied in those areas.
“Some motorists may complain about having to drive more slowly, but this is a small price to pay for greater safety of those who are more at risk. When we are not in a car, all of us are pedestrians.”
His 19-page report dating back three years also highlights that there are many measures already available to councils, which if used wisely, could cut down the number of accidents on the roads.
He urges all councils to think about their area’s needs and send their proposals to the county council by the end of January.