Are 20mph zones safer?

    A new research project is set to run until 2020 to see if 20mph zones improve safety and cut road deaths.

    A new research project is set to run until 2020 to see if 20mph zones improve safety and cut road deaths. If found to be successful we could see 20mph appear more frequently on local roads. 

    This research is taking place in Edinburgh and Belfast, where some of their 30mph speed limits have been cut to 20mph. Edinburgh University will then be conducting the research to see if these reduced speed limits are safer and worth rolling out across the country. 

    To see if the three-year study is a success the results of accidents and casualties will be measured after 2020 against those before the project took place, thus determining whether the project has been a success.

    Dr Ruth Jepson of the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh commented: “We anticipate that our broad focus will generate a wealth of evidence and learning that will be invaluable for informing future roll-outs of similar schemes in the UK and around the world.”

    Not everyone will be in support of reduced speed to 20mph, but we are keen to see the results and see whether the lower speed limit means less casualties. 

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