The big debate: is 20mph good for road safety?
A debate about the merits of 20mph speed limits and zones looks set to be one of the livelier sessions at the 2013 National Road Safety Conference later this year*.
The panel for the session will comprise: Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, ACPO lead for roads policing; Trish Hirst and Tom Horner, City of York Council; Mike Natt, independent collisions investigator; Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s Plenty for Us; and Eric Bridgstock, independent road safety researcher and campaigner.
Each panellist will be given five minutes to put their case, after which the audience will be invited to ask questions.
Chief Constable Davenport (centre in pic), currently with Gloucestershire Police, started her policing career with West Mercia Police and worked in a variety of roles across the Force over a 20-year period. She was vice president of the British Association for Women in Policing for eight years and in November 2011 became the first female lead for ACPO Roads Policing.
Rod King MBE (left in pic) has been campaigning for the safety of vulnerable road users since 2000. In 2007 he set up 20’s Plenty for Us to support communities that want to lower speeds on their roads. The voluntary organisation now has 200 local campaigns and has been influential in the ‘Total 20’ policies adopted by local authorities which serve 12 million residents.
Eric Bridgstock has worked in safety engineering for more than 20 years and is currently head of engineering safety for a large UK defence and aerospace company. His current role includes identifying and assessing hazards, and associated accidents, linked to the company’s products and systems. Since 2007, he has been applying similar methods to research speed management including cameras, humps and other traffic calming measures, and lowering limits. He is a frequent contributor to discussion threads on this newsfeed.
Mike Natt (right in pic) is a former police accident investigator and now an independent collisions investigator. During his service, Mike personally investigated and reported on more than 700 fatal collisions in North Yorkshire and assisted with many more. As MD of M J Natt, his current focus is on collision investigation and reconstruction for both civil and criminal cases.
Trish Hirst and Tom Horner, road safety and transport planning officer respectively for City of York Council, will present jointly.
*The 2013 National Road Safety Conference will take place in Harrogate (13-14 November) and is being hosted by Road Safety GB Yorkshire and Humberside Region. The event is co-sponsored by Colas, AA DriveTech and FirstCar.