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Slow down and help make roads safer this half term
Thursday 13th February, 2014

Road safety experts are reminding motorists to take extra care when driving in residential areas, as schools break for half term across Wigan Borough next week.

Statistics compiled by Wigan Council show an increase in accidents involving child pedestrians in Wigan Borough during the winter months. School closures for half term mean more children are likely to be out and about in residential areas, and motorists are being urged to take more care and reduce their speed.

Wigan Council began introducing a 20mph speed limit on residential streets across the borough last year. Research has shown that when drivers reduce their speed from 30mph to 20mph the chances of fatally injuring someone is reduced significantly, from 20 per cent to just 2.5 per cent.

Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith, said: “When I was made aware of the difference that driving at 20mph made in increasing road safety, I felt strongly that we should implement this in our residential areas.

“We want our borough to be a safe place for our residents and we have been working closely with Greater Manchester Police on the introduction of Wigan Borough’s 20mph scheme. While the 20mph speed limit is legally enforceable by the police, we are working hard to make people think about the implications of speeding. We hope our campaign will change people’s attitudes and behaviours when travelling on our residential streets.”

Figures published by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) show around 400 people a year are killed in crashes in which someone exceeds the speed limit or drives too fast for the conditions, and the majority of pedestrian casualties occur in built up areas.

To find out more about Wigan Council’s 20mph scheme or to sign up to the pledge to encourage safer driving visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/20mph.

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