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Cars Reduced 20mph speed limits are useless because drivers ignore them unless speed humps are also built, study says

15:20  05 october  2019
15:20  05 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Bump in the road: Motorists now face more than 42,000 speed humps in the UK - and one in five drivers say they have damaged their vehicles Local council data suggests there has been a 5% rise in the number of speed bumps on UK roads in 3 years. According to recent studies, 22% of drivers say road humps have damaged their cars.

REDUCING the speed limit to 20 mph does not make roads safer unless speed humps are also introduced, research has found. Just altering the signs on roads without introducing other speed reducing measures has little impact as most drivers simply ignore the them .

Drivers are alerted to the speed limit with 20 mph speed limit repeater signs. 20 mph limits are A large number of evaluation studies have demonstrated a link between the introduction of 20 mph 20 mph limits without traffic calming also reduces traffic speed , although this effect is smaller than

  Reduced 20mph speed limits are useless because drivers ignore them unless speed humps are also built, study says © Getty Reducing the speed limit to 20mph does not save lives unless speed humps and chicanes are also built, according to a new study.

The research shows drivers ignore 20mph signs meaning the roads are not any safer.

Many cities in the UK have cut the speed limit to 20mph on residential roads including London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Glasgow.

  Reduced 20mph speed limits are useless because drivers ignore them unless speed humps are also built, study says © Getty The research commissioned by the Department of Transport found little evidence of safety benefits on roads with 20mph signs, according to The Times.

It reviewed nine studies of 20mph zones where traffic calming measures were in place.

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The majority of vehicles break the speed limit in new 20 mph zones in residential areas, a Government commissioned study has found. The Government commissioned consultancy firm Atkins to examine vehicle speeds in 12 areas where the limit was reduced from 30mph to 20 mph .

Motorists’ average speeds reduced by 1.3mph, from 19.8mph to 18.5mph, as a result of the scheme, according to the report, which tested speeds Thousands of drivers who break urban 20 mph speed limits face fines and points on their licence under new plans being drawn up by senior police officers.

Researchers from Queen's University Belfast fond these zones reduced crashes by 41 per cent.

Measures such as humps and chicanes also cut casualties and injuries by up to 46 per cent.

a car parked on the side of a road: The research shows drivers ignore 20mph signs meaning the roads are not any safer unless other traffic calming measures are in place © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The research shows drivers ignore 20mph signs meaning the roads are not any safer unless other traffic calming measures are in place Dr Ruth Hunter, of the Centre for Public Health at QUB, said: 'Our findings show a growing body of evidence to support the use of 20mph zones, showing them to be effective in reducing the number and severity of collisions and casualties.'

She said there was also an increase in pedestrians and cyclists in 20mph zones.

Edmund King, president of the AA, said 20mph speed limits were most effective where 'drivers can easily understand why the limit is set, for example, a school or playing fields. Targeted 20mph limits tend to be more effective than blanket limits'.

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To reduce casualties they have to reduce speed , but not everyone agrees that they do. But driving instructor Julie Roberts worries that blanket 20 mph limits are contributing to Reducing casualties depends on drivers reducing their speed and that appears to be happening – ironically – quite slowly.

The majority of vehicles break the speed limit in new 20 mph zones in residential areas, a Government commissioned study has found.Just 47% of motorists comply with AA president Edmund King said speed limits must reflect the nature of roads so drivers can “easily understand why the limit is set”.

Gallery: 12 mind-bending photos of optical illusion crosswalks that trick drivers into slowing down (INSIDER)

a view of a city street:    Cities around the world are using optical   illusion crosswalks to make drivers slow down.      The painted crosswalks appear to be three-dimensional ramps   or blocks.      India, Iceland, Germany, the UK, China, and the US have   started using them, among others.           Visit     INSIDER's homepage for more stories.       Road traffic injuries remain one of the    leading causes of death around the world, according to the   World Health Organization.    Signs and posted speed limits can warn people to drive   carefully, but some countries are taking a creative approach to   making roads safer by creating crosswalks that appear   three-dimensional. Clever placements of lines and shading on   streets can look like raised ramps or blocks, tricking drivers   into slowing down.         Read more: This   trippy 3D sidewalk art will make you question reality    Here's how optical illusion crosswalks are helping make   roads around the world safer.
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Motorway speed limit could be raised to 80mph thanks to electric cars .
Transport Secretary says rise of zero-emissions vehicles could allow for higher speedsMr Shapps said that “there is an argument” for raising the speed limit on motorways and dual carriageways at the same time as lowering them to 20mph around schools, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

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