Plans for 20mph speed limits "could increase casualties" say campaigners
A motorist campaign group claims plans to introduce 20mph speed limits across Bristol could increase the number of casualties.
The Association of British Drivers (ABD) has launched a scathing attack on Bristol City Council over its plans to introduce the citywide 20mph speed limits.
Following trials in two parts of Bristol – Inner South and Inner East – Bristol City Council voted in July to extend the scheme and impose it across all residential streets in Bristol that currently have a 30mph speed limit.
Brian Macdowall of the ABD said: “In the two trial areas casualties dropped by 5 in one but increased by 8 in another. That means overall there was a total increase in casualties.
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“This is clearly not a road safely measure. The biggest cause of accidents is a failure to look properly, with speed coming in way down at 9th in the list of the ten most likely causes. Speed is not the main, or even contributory factor, in most accidents but is being used by the Council as a scapegoat so they can push through yet more anti-car dogma.
“Indeed, the reported reductions in speed are not even statistically significant, they are more likely down to random fluctuations.”
But a spokesperson for the city council told ThisisBristol that the pilot areas had experienced an increase in walking and cycling rates and rejected the association's claims over accident rates.
"There were a small number of extra car-to-car collisions in one area, but the reporting period was very short, and the numbers very small," they said.
"So this cannot be considered evidence to support the association's rather controversial theory that driving slowly causes more accidents."