Make going faster than 20 as bad as drink-driving, says councillor

Coun Michael Welsh
Coun Michael Welsh
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Making speeding as unacceptable as drink-driving is the key to slowing down traffic on a busy Preston road, one of the area’s representatives has said.

The Evening Post told last week how police have asked County Hall engineers to look at what can be done to slow down traffic on Fulwood Hall Lane, Fulwood, which has been made a 20mph area.

Vehicles are continuing to speed down the road and, last year, an eight-year-old boy was knocked down in the area.

County Coun Michael Welsh, who represents the Fulwood area at Lancashire County Council, said the £9.2m 20mph scheme, which is being rolled out across the county, has been well received.

He added: “The introduction of 20mph speed limits in residential areas throughout the county, backed up by a hard hitting publicity campaign, has proved one of the more imaginative and successful initiatives in the unending battle to reduce traffic speeds.

“One of the main objects of the campaign for safer streets is reach a point where it is considered socially unacceptable to drive too fast just as, after many years, it has become unacceptable to drive when over the alcohol limit; the 20 mph zones are a step in the right direction but they will not have succeeded until speeding motorists feel themselves to be the social pariahs they actually are.”