What happens if the evidence changes on 20mph zones?
18/12/2017 15:53:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
I asked Labour's Councillor Stuart King the following question:
"In The Times today (18th December 2017), it was reported that Bath and North Somerset Council have recorded more deaths in new 20mph zones in Somerset than before the speed limit was lowered.
The Council brought in the 13 new zones a year ago say that even though the rate of people being killed or seriously injured had gone up in seven zones, that they cannot afford the expense of reversing it - though they would like to.
I would like to ask:
1. The council said that the findings were part of a national trend and suggested that people were “less diligent” when walking and crossing roads in the zones because they thought they were safer. Do you agree?
2. Residents in the authority have accused the council of not being prepared to find the money to stop people being hurt or killed. Do you feel they should find the money to follow their ambition to reverse the service and save lives?
3. Can you please outline in each zone in Croydon the number of people hurt or killed before and since the 20mph policy was implemented?
4. Can you please provide the total figures for those hurt or injured on Croydon's roads before and after the 20mph zones were implemented?
5. On roads where there is speed monitoring in 20mph zones in Croydon, can the Council please detail how many drivers have broken the 20mph speed limit in each zone since it was introduced."
Cllr King replied on 3rd January:
2. This is a matter for Bath & NE Somerset Council.
3. Collision data is collected over a three year cycle. Borough wide data covering the three years (2013/14/15) prior to the introduction of the first area wide 20mph speed limit shows that there were 3253 casualties made up of 3046 slight injuries, 182 serious injuries and 25 fatalities. Collision data since the introduction of the area wide 20mph speed limits is not yet available to provide a comparison
4. See 3 above
5. The number of drivers that have exceeded the 20mph limit is not known, but whilst some motorists may continue to travel above this limit, it is expected that many motorists will reduce their speed, and that over time average speeds will