There is widespread local support for the campaign to reduce the speed limit to 20mph in some residential areas of Westminster. It looks on the surface like a minor change, but may have a number of far-reaching benefits.
First, the number of deaths and injuries on our roads is likely to be cut dramatically. In 2008, over 270 people were either killed or seriously injured on Westminster’s roads, but research from the British Medical Association shows that 20mph zones have been linked to around a 40% reduction in accidents.
Second, there may be financial benefits. The Department of Transport calculates that every death on the roads costs £1.8 million and every injury £59,700 in hospital and emergency services costs, lost taxation, working days and production. Up to £50 million might therefore be saved every year.
This is a great campaign, more power to their elbow(s)!
-Link to the petition in support of the campaign: http://www.petitiononline.com/wchron1/