Speeds could be cut to 20mph
As you may already know it's only a matter of days until road safety week (November 19 to 25), which is sponsored by the road safety charity Brake.
Road safety is something that has always been something, very close to my heart and for many years I have campaigned for better road safety within our community. Many local councils have already introduced 20mph speed limits in residential areas, and outside of schools, a move that has proved very popular, with local residents and made our streets safer for those who walk, and cycle.
It has encouraged more people to walk and cycle which is good for health and the environment.
The theme for this year's campaign is "Slower speeds=happy people" and Brake is encouraging local councils at all levels to push for 20mph limits in residential areas, and outside of all schools as a norm rather than many of the 30mph that we have at the present time.
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I'm sure you would agree that slowing down to 20mph gives drivers a far better chance to react in an emergency to avoid hitting someone and reducing the risk of injury. I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard for us all to think of a place near where we live that would benefit from a 20mph limit. Maybe if we all campaign together we can make the area around your local community a safer place to live and play and work.
To coincide with road safety week a Wiltshire Wide campaign called 20s Plenty in Rural Wiltshire has been launched to encourage Wiltshire Council to introduce 20mph limits as a norm in and around our communities and schools; you can find our petition online at http://you.38degrees.org.uk/ petitions/20s-plenty-in-rura l-wiltshire
I very much hope you can do your bit to make our community a better and safer place to live.
TERRY CHIVERS Eden Grove, Whitley