12th Oct 2012 1:21pm | By Editor
In attempt to improve road safety, a 20mph limit has been proposed for parts of London.
Local authority Camden Council, said they would consider this reduction in speed as a bid to lower the accident rate and provoke people to walk or ride a bike to their destination instead.
However, some member s of the Association of British Drivers are against the proposed plan and believe it would be counterproductive to enforce a 20mph speed limit.
The council says that a smaller version of the scheme has worked in zones in the borough already.
Phil Jones, the cabinet member for sustainability said:
"Just a small reduction in speeds prevents accidents and saves lives,” reported the BBC.
"We want to give greater confidence to the pedestrians and cyclists who use our roads and encourage more people to switch to sustainable forms of transport."
Meanwhile, Association of British Drivers representative Keith Peat said, "drivers who would have selected a slower speed naturally would now be more concerned about getting points and focussing on the speedometer instead of their windscreens, watching out for pedestrians and children".
It’s predicted that If a pedestrian is hit at 20 mph, their chance of survival jumps to 97 per cent.
Though this initiative may anger car drivers, it’s believed that it could be a quick and inexpensive way of reducing road accidents.
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