DriveSafe, a Birmingham-based road safety charity, has welcomed the launch of a public consultation by Birmingham City Council about plans to set a 20mph speed limit on 90% of the city’s roads.
DriveSafe campaigns to "make driving safer and more pleasant for motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians" through its ‘Courtesy on the Road’ campaign. The charity has published a driver’s handbook, ‘DriveSafe – An Essential Guide for Motorists’, in association with Aston University.
DriveSafe believes reducing speeds to 20mph in residential areas and near schools, hospitals and shopping centres will significantly reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by “preventable and predictable collisions”.
Birmingham City Council has launched its ‘20 is Plenty’ campaign to support proposals for a 20mph limit on residential roads. The public consultation on whether and how the plans should be implemented will run from October 21 until November 29.
Fay Goodman, DriveSafe founder, said: “Birmingham City Council’s proposals to make roads in the city safer and to reduce the number and severity of accidents are to be applauded.
“Far too many people are killed or seriously injured in built-up areas by people driving too fast and it’s well-proven that pedestrians are more likely to survive accidents at lower impact speeds.
“I also welcome clarification by ACPO that the 20mph limit will be routinely enforced so that people can walk and cycle for their health and enjoyment throughout the city without being in fear of the traffic.”
Contact Fay Goodman on 07976 426463 for more information.