IAM figures show increase in serious collisions on 20mph roads

Leigh Journal: Figures show increase in serious collisions on 20mph roads Figures show increase in serious collisions on 20mph roads

SERIOUS collisions on 20mph roads have increased by more than a quarter in the last year, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

According to analysis of government data by the road safety charity serious collisions have increased by 26 per cent while slight accidents on 20mph roads increased by 17 per cent.

The data also shows a decrease in the number of serious and slight accidents on 30mph roads and 40 mph roads with serious accidents down nine and seven per cent respectively.

There was a five per cent reduction in slight accidents on 30 mph roads and a three per cent decrease on 40 mph roads.

Serious casualties on 20mph roads have also increased by 29 per cent with slight casualties up by 19 per cent.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “More and more roads are being given a 20mph limit but they do not seem to be delivering fewer casualties.

“The IAM are concerned that this is because simply putting a sign on a road that still looks like a 30mph zone does not change driver behaviour.

“More evaluation and research is needed into the real world performance of 20mph limits to ensure limited funds are being well spent.”

Mark Tilley, assistant director for infrastructure at Wigan Council, said that the council will be closely monitoring the number of road collisions in 20mph zones.

“As the introduction of the 20 mph areas is relatively recent, we do not yet have sufficient data to make a fair assessment of the impact of the scheme,” he said.

“I would stress road collision data is subject to random fluctuations and comparing short time periods does not yield quantifiable results of which we can draw a conclusion from.

“We introduced the 20 mph areas because the evidence overwhelmingly suggests collisions at 20 mph are much less likely to prove life-threatening.”

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:14pm Mon 7 Jul 14

JonWya says...

So by decreasing the number of 30mph roads while simultaneously increasing the number of 20mph roads, we see 20mph casualties rise?

WHAT KIND OF MAGIC IS THIS????

The IAM have been very strategic with this report and have taken advantage of both the lack of real statistics around the 20mph implementations and also of the fact that the 20mph limit is simply not enforced in the same way that 30mph limits are. Ask anyone who lives on a 20mph road if people obey the limit and they'll tell you a resounding 'No'. If I ever drive along a 20mph road (doing 20mph) I can guarantee within seconds I'll have an angry looking individual right up behind me getting frustrated.

The question the IAM and ourselves should be asking is, out of the incidents that happen at 20mph and those that happen at 30mph, which ones produce the most casualities? if people actually obeyed the speed limit, would 20mph or 30mph be safer? You don't need to be a genius to work out the answer.
So by decreasing the number of 30mph roads while simultaneously increasing the number of 20mph roads, we see 20mph casualties rise? WHAT KIND OF MAGIC IS THIS???? The IAM have been very strategic with this report and have taken advantage of both the lack of real statistics around the 20mph implementations and also of the fact that the 20mph limit is simply not enforced in the same way that 30mph limits are. Ask anyone who lives on a 20mph road if people obey the limit and they'll tell you a resounding 'No'. If I ever drive along a 20mph road (doing 20mph) I can guarantee within seconds I'll have an angry looking individual right up behind me getting frustrated. The question the IAM and ourselves should be asking is, out of the incidents that happen at 20mph and those that happen at 30mph, which ones produce the most casualities? if people actually obeyed the speed limit, would 20mph or 30mph be safer? You don't need to be a genius to work out the answer. JonWya
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree