Drivers Breaking York 20mph Zones Face Speed Awareness Courses
7:19am 1st November 2013
(Updated 9:59am 1st November 2013)
Drivers who break new 20 mile an hour zones in York will be sent on speed awareness courses. £500,000 is being spent by the city council on the new restrictions which are beginning in the west of York.
Police Commissioner Julia Mulligan says those who are driving above 20-miles an hour will be punished.
From York City Council - Councillor Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability,said: “With significant reductions of up to 3mph (average speeds) in parts of Fishergate ward as a direct result of introducing a lower speed limit, this should prove to be a beneficial scheme.
“The introduction of lower speed limits, in accordance with the latest Government guidance, reduces speeds giving drivers more time to react to the presence of other road users, and reducing the likelihood and scale of any potential remaining collisions. We are seeking to increase driver and safety awareness on our roads as part of the roll out. We as a city are committed to making York’s roads safer; and invite everyone to also look at and sign up to our new iPledge scheme to improve road safety.”
Inspector Michael Barron of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “Speeding is one of the major concerns highlighted by members of the public. Not only is inappropriate and excessive speed a cause of deaths and serious injuries, but it can affect people’s quality of life.
“By reducing the speed limits through residential areas, noise pollution will be reduced and the environment will feel safer for all road users and pedestrians alike, and in the unfortunate event of a collision, the severity of injuries can be reduced.
“Drivers should also remember that the speed limit is not a target, and should also drive according to the road conditions and potential hazards at the time.”
West of York School’s Partnership, which includes all Headteachers in the West of York, said: “We are encouraged by the positive results that have been achieved in the trial areas across the city and as school leaders we are delighted to be able to work in partnership to support strategies which ensure the safety and well-being of our pupils and our communities.
Marc Bell, Chief Executive at Benenden Health – based on Holgate Park Drive – said: “As a major health & well being organisation with strong links to the community, Benenden Health is a strong supporter of forward-thinking initiatives that could help York’s infrastructure and encourage greater well being.
“Not only can the scheme improve road safety and encourage a healthier environment for walking and cycling, but it could help free up traffic flows in areas where alternative forms of transport have become safer to use. This will directly benefit Benenden Health as a York employer whose employees commute to our Holgate Park Drive offices from all over York’s region.”
For further information on iPledge or i-Travel visit www.itravelyork.info
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