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20MPH CAMPAIGN GATHERS PACE

SOUTH EAST GREEN PARTY MEP, KEITH TAYLOR, VISITS WEST KENT TO HELP PROMOTE OUR 20MPH CAMPAIGN

Keith Taylor MEP supports 20mph campaign in Tunbridge Wells

The campaign for a 20mph speed limit on residential roads in West Kent is gathering momentum. Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the south east, visited Tunbridge Wells on Friday 1st July to back the growing campaign. He said: "Introducing 20mph can make a real difference to a town like Tunbridge Wells; it can save children’s lives. In both Portsmouth and Oxford 20mph residential streets have reduced the speed of traffic without the need for other traffic calming measures. Last week in Europe I gained support from fellow MEPs who agree that 20mph zones should be recommended as best practice across the EU."

Greens across Kent have been pushing for the 20mph limit on residential roads for some time. A shock 52% rise in child injuries on our roads announced by Kent Police earlier this year only serves to underline the urgency of this campaign. Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party said: "These casualty figures are truly shocking. A rise of more than 50% in child casualties in Kent cannot be allowed to go unaddressed. Kent Police and Kent County Council have constantly knocked back calls to reduce the speed limit in residential areas but they cannot allow children to suffer for the want of safer driving limits.

If you're not convinced about the need for a 20mph limit on residential roads, consider these facts:

  • More than half of road deaths and serious injuries occur on roads with 30 mph limits (Ref: RoSPA)
  • Britain has the third highest rate of pedestrian road fatalities out of 10 Western European countries surveyed by the AA (Ref: The AA)
  • The proportion of children (aged 5-10) walking to school has fallen by 27% in the last 20 years (Ref: DfT 67% in 1985 to 49% in 2005)
  • British parents consistently cite traffic danger as the main reason why their children are not allowed to cycle or walk to school (Ref: National Travel Survey)
  • Lowering urban and residential speed limits to 20 mph has been found to decrease accidents by 60% (Ref: Transport Research Laboratory)

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