DISREGARD FOR 30MPH LIMIT IS WIDESPREAD

In April 1999, London's Metropolitan Police decided to conduct a road safety campaign. This article reports an interview about it with Ian Brooks of the Metropolitan Police, who is liaison officer to Transport for London. The campaign's initial intention was to attempt to modify driver's speed behaviour by a combination of education and enforcement. Perhaps the most important part of the campaign was its collection of comprehensive data on driver behaviour. Ten London roads were monitored over 28 days in June and July. Each of the roads selected is in a 30mph zone, and 90% of collisions in London involving pedestrians and cyclists occur in such zones. It was found that 63% of them exceeded the speed limit during the trial period, 32% of them drive at over 35%, 10% at over 50mph, and several hundred of them at over 70mph. This problem is far beyond the capacity of the police to force compliance. Much more investment in education and a credible level of enforcement activity will both be required. The Safer Routes to School initiative depends largely on being able to deliver safer roads, and the Government's Road Safety Strategy, launched in March 2000, proposed a 20mph limit near schools. However, such limits will not be effective without much better driver attitudes and behaviour. With the formation of the Greater London Authority, a pan-London speed management policy can now be delivered.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • DEBELL, C
  • Publication Date: 2000-6

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00798037
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 8 2000 12:00AM