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Global Road Safety Week: Motorists urged to drive carefully on low speed streets

18 May 2021

Motorists are being urged by police to drive carefully on low speed streets as the United Nations launches a global road safety campaign today.   

Global Road Safety Week runs until 23 May and promotes low speeds in areas where people and traffic mix. The aim is to make streets safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for all.    

Drivers are more likely to encounter cyclists and pedestrians of all ages in built up areas and must be vigilant for potential hazards and sudden changes in circumstances. Children walking to and from school can be particularly vulnerable. In the past two years, 123 pedestrians were seriously injured or killed on the county’s roads. Of these, 37 were children. 

Inspector Ed Finn, Community Policing Road Safety Lead for Bedfordshire Police, said: “As we emerge out of lockdown our roads and pavements are getting busier again so please look out for one another and drive safely.

“It is important to remember that speed limits are just that, a limit not a target. Motorists should always be mindful of the conditions and adapt their driving accordingly. Proximity to pedestrians and cyclists are a particularly good reason to reduce your speed below the statutory speed limit in order to keep those around you safe.” 

Increased speeds are directly linked to the likelihood of a collision occurring. Higher speeds are also linked to the severity of the outcome. For every one percent increase in a motorist’s average speed, the chance of a collision being fatal increases by four percent.

During the campaign, the Community Speed Watch scheme will be in operation across the county. Officers will also be conducting speed checks in 30mph areas, educating members of the public and enforcing limits where necessary.

 

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