Charities back calls to make road safe

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National road safety charities are backing the campaign to make Minsthorpe Lane safe.

Charity Living Streets is urging readers to sign the petition calling for a 20mph zone on the road where an 11-year-old girl was seriously hurt after being hit by a car as she walked to school and an 85-year-old man died after being hit by a skip lorry .

Jim Shaw, Living Streets’ project coordinator for Yorkshire and the Humber said: “All the evidence shows that implementing slower traffic speeds reduces pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries on our roads, especially the most vulnerable, children, older people and those with mobility problems or sight impairment.

“Research show that where 20mph speed limits had been introduced, residents said their neighbourhoods were more pleasant places to live and 60 per cent believed more children played in the street.”

Statistics from road safety charity, 20’s Plenty For Us, show that if a pedestrian is hit at 20mph they are seven times less likely to be killed than if they are hit at 30mph.

Anna Semlyen, campaign manager at 20’s Plenty For Us, said: “Twenty miles an hour speed limits are proven to be safer. UK results and published literature says we are better protected on 20mph streets.”

Wakefield Council is trialling 20mph zones in five areas near schools.

Pilot schemes will take place near Havercroft J&I School, South Kirkby’s Stockingate Mill and Common Road J&I Schools, The Vale Primary Academy in Ferrybridge, Ossett Academy and St Ignatius RC School in Ossett and Gawthorpe Academy.

Neil Rodgers, the council’s service director for planning transportation and highways said: “We need to see how well the 20mph zones work in the initial five school pilot locations before we can decide on any further areas.

“The 20mph zones will be in place from the end of February.

“Speed surveys will take place across all sites by end of summer 2015 and we will then analyse the results of this survey.

“After we have reviewed the impact we will then be able to see if this will benefit any other locations, including outside Minsthorpe Community College.”