GEM campaign to reduce speeds to make roads safer

05 May 2021 | David Young

GEM Motoring Assist is using the UN Global Road Safety Week as an opportunity to call for smart new policies and initiatives to reduce vehicle speeds

GEM to reduce vehicle speeds and make roads safer

Central to this latest Global Road Safety Week (17 to 23 May 2021) is the assertion that low speeds save lives.

A recent study from Bristol showed that the introduction of 20mph limits was associated with a 63 per cent reduction in fatal injuries between 2008 and 2016.

There is widespread support for lower speeds, too. In UK surveys, 70 per cent of motorists in a DoT survey said they agreed that 20 mph was the right limit for streets where people live. Meanwhile, a Scottish poll suggested that 65 per cent were in favour, and one in four people thought it would make them more likely to walk or cycle in their everyday life.

Neil Worth, chief executive of GEM Motoring Assist, said: "Low speed on roads can help save lives and are the heart of any community. 20mph speed limits where people and traffic mix make for streets that are healthy, green and liveable. That's why the UN is calling them 'streets for life."

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