The speed limit for nearly 80 roads in Plymouth could be reduced to 20mph as part of Plymouth City Council’s long-term plans to improve road safety.
The council has proposed the restrictions as part of a scheme to reduce 30mph limits in residential roads where possible.
The proposals also include other measures such as speed cushions, with the aim of forcing drivers to stick to the new limits.
Cllr Brian Vincent, cabinet member for streetscene at Plymouth City Council said: “The aim is to reduce the number and severity of road casualties among school pupils in the city, reduce speed in residential areas, and address local concerns that have been raised about traffic and transport issues.
“This is part of a wider scheme that has been in place since 2010 and we have already carried out similar work in other areas in the city. We have already agreed a programme to introduce 20mph limits in residential roads wherever practical to do so, especially near schools, and with appropriate signage.”
According to a report in the Plymouth Herald
, the limits will be enforced by Devon and Cornwall Police and have polarised opinion, with fears from the public that the new restrictions will be difficult to enforce.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman told the Plymouth Herald: “If action to curtail speed is to be considered within 20mph limits, a number of options can be considered.
“This may include high visibility patrols in the locality, speed limit indicator devices flashing the limit to traffic, letter drops in the area and Community Speed Watch.
“Enforcement through prosecution is a final resort and where evidence is available of wilful violations by specific offenders at known times of the day, enforcement action should be targeted at those identified times and offending motorists.”