Public wants 20mph limits but not the enforcement

Motorists would like to see the introduction of more 20mph speed limits, particularly around schools, but is not keen to see the normal methods used to ensure drivers obey the restrictions.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has found that 67 percent of drivers would like to see more areas around schools featuring the lower speed limits, while 38 percent would like to see the limits reduced in areas around shops and parks.
However, the measures usually used to slow non-conforming drivers down are not popular, with only 20 percent of the 4,000 surveyed in favour of speed cameras, and only 21 percent supporting a combination of road humps and cameras.

Despite respondents believing that the enforcement of speed limits in such areas should be only of medium priority for traffic officers, 40 percent of those asked felt that the use of 20mph signs is sufficient, with the police being left to enforce and the public trusted to comply.

"The IAM supports the selective use of 20mph speed limits where there is clear evidence that the risk of casualties will be reduced," said IAM head of road safety Kevin Delaney.

"But blanket 20mph speed limits or limits at inappropriate sites risk widespread disregard by drivers who do not recognise a necessity for them.

"Passive enforcement measures, such as speed bumps, are unpopular and active enforcement by police is unrealistic in the current financial climate."
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