Introduce 20mph speed limit on residential roads to stop accidents during crisis

From: Anna Semlyen, Grange Street, York.

Should 20mph speed limits be mandatory in residential areas?

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EVERYONE I speak to is very grateful to our NHS and frontline staff working so hard in extremely difficult circumstances.

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It’s clear that, nationally, our hospitals are under pressure from huge increases in admissions, combined with some staff off sick or isolating due to the virus.

There are calls for 20mph speed linits to be extended - and enforced. Do you agree?

There are 3,000 admissions per month in England as a result of road traffic casualties.

Even with non-essential traffic banned, I’ve witnessed many vehicles moving too fast, especially when social distancing means people are stepping off pavements to give others space.

Nationally and internationally, it is best practice to adopt 20mph speed limits where pedestrians and cyclists mix with motor traffic. England signed the ‘Stockholm Declaration’ for this in February.

A Canadian study found reducing speed limits to 20mph associated with a 67 per cent reduction in major and fatal injuries. An emergency measure of a 20mph speed limit has been estimated to save at least 17 hospital admissions in Leeds, for instance, in the next three months.

Please protect us all and free up hospital beds by making 20mph the normal speed limit here on every road in a built up area during this emergency.

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