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Calls For A 20mph Speed Limit In Dorset

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10:34am 19th November 2012

Road Safety Charity Brake wants Dorset County Council to rethink the speed limit.

They want to see residential areas adopt a 20 miles per hour restriction.

The local authority currently says they'll only look at 20 zones were someone's been killed or seriously injured.

Brake have a launched their "Why Go 20" campaign today:

Why GO 20:

-  Fewer casualties: at 20, drivers have much more time to react, to help them stop in time if they need to, like if a child runs out. Studies show that when 20 limits replace 30, it means fewer casualties among pedestrians and cyclists.

-  More walking and cycling: danger from traffic is a major barrier in enabling more people to walk and cycle. Town and city-wide 20 limits have resulted in more people walking and cycling.

-  Healthier, happier people: More walking and cycling means healthier people, and more enjoyable outdoors activity for kids and adults. It helps communities interact and be communities.

-  Less pollution: GOing 20 means lower emissions from vehicle journeys. Plus if more people can switch their commute or school run to foot or bike, it means less polluting traffic.

-  Lower costs: Poor health from inactivity costs society dearly. Road casualties cost even more, due to the suffering and burden on health and emergency services. Preventing casualties and improving health means GOing 20 pays for itself many times over. It also helps people save money by choosing the cheapest ways to get about: foot and bike.  

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