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Drivers Targeted In 20mph Campaign

19/11/12

TO MARK Road Safety Week, a national campaign to get drivers to slow to 20mph around homes, schools and shops has been launched. Various organisations have united to launch GO 20 in an effort to make the roads safer for walkers and cyclists.

Road safety charity Brake is one of the involved groups who also include sustainable transport body Sustrans and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

The launch coincides with the publication of a survey of more than 8,000 children aged seven to 11 by Brake, Brain Injury Group and Specsavers.

This showed: :: 70% of the youngsters said they would be able to walk and cycle more if roads in their neighbourhood were less dangerous; :: 77% said drivers needed to slow down around their home and school; :: 43% said they have been hit or nearly hit while walking or cycling; :: 54% worried about being hurt by traffic when out and about.

Commenting on the survey, Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: "Everyone should be able to walk and cycle in their community without fear or threat: it's a basic right, and GO 20 is about defending that.

"The 2012 Games helped us all realise the importance of being able to live active lifestyles. Critical to this is making our streets and communities safe places we can use and enjoy. Anyone who drives can help bring this about."

She urged drivers to go at 20mph even in areas where 30mph was the official limit.

Ms Townsend went on: "We're also calling on the Government and more local authorities to recognise the need for 20mph limits."

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