Editor's comment: Extending 20mph limit is a good idea
WE have consistently backed the idea for 20mph zones in Bristol. And so we welcome the latest proposal to extend them into Filwood, Knowle, Brislington and Ashton.
The simple fact is that if traffic is encouraged to go slower in busy residential areas then the likelihood of someone being knocked down and injured or even killed is greatly reduced.
For speed and death are inextricably linked. And no where is cutting speed more important than in streets where children may be playing, crossing or riding their bikes.
Critics will say these limits are not enforceable because it is impossible to police them.
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But they set down a benchmark and whilst not everyone will abide by them, many more will check their speed.
In a relatively short time the number of people obeying the limit will far exceed those who don't.
So from that point of view the limits are self-policing.
We need to change our culture, to drive more slowly in built-up areas and to be made to consider the possible consequences if we don't.
The 20mph zones are the first step towards changing that culture amongst all those who drive in Bristol.