Will New Guidance on Local Speed Limits Help to Reduce Road Traffic Accidents, asks the Accident Advice Helpline

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Following consultation with public bodies and members of the general public, calls for speed limits to be more consistent on local roads has resulted in new guidance for local councils. With the option to increase or reduce limits as deemed necessary, the Accident Advice Helpline asks, will this help to prevent accidents on the roads?

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Excessive speed on local roads in particular, has the potential to cause serious injury to young children.

Guidance published at the end of 2012 by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond, will allow local councils to alter speed limits according to local traffic conditions. It is hoped that several factors will combine to improve road safety, and to give local communities confidence that their local authority, whilst keeping safety at the top of their agenda, also bears accessibility and environmental factors in mind.

These factors include using knowledge of local roads and how they are used, in addition to asking for the views and opinions of local residents as to how their quality of life may be affected by increasing or decreasing the speed limits.

RTA compensation company, the Accident Advice Helpline, suggests that a more appropriate speed limit may help to reduce the number of accidents on local roads. A spokesperson from the non-fault accident claim company commented,

“As a leading RTA compensation company, we understand the need to monitor speed limits in all areas, but excessive speed on local roads in particular, has the potential to cause serious injury to young children going to and from school. We welcome any initiative that could reduce this likelihood, and hope that a more consistent speed limit will help drivers stay within the limit set.”

As auto accident claim specialists, the Accident Advice Helpline are well placed to provide advice and guidance to people involved in road traffic accidents. Claims are processed on a no win no fee basis, and their free 24-hour helpline number is 0800 6897 221.

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