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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

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

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.

  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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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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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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Do speed limits also apply to cyclists? .
bikes are sometimes pretty quick on the road - lighter materials, modern circuits and electrical support make it possible. © Photo: Jens Kalaene / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa Start of a Tempo 30 zone in Berlin. Do cyclists also have to adhere to speed limits? "Of course yes, the road traffic regulations are aimed at all road users and therefore also apply to cyclists," explains Dekra expert Andreas Schmidt.

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