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Young drivers around Lincolnshire urged to stick to 30mph limits

By Boston Target  |  Posted: June 05, 2012

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DRIVERS in Lincolnshire are being urged to slow down to protect children on foot and bicycles.

Newly-published research by road safety group Brake and insurance company Direct Line reveals the extent to which speeding has become ingrained in many people's regular driving habits especially young and male drivers.

More than half of young drivers – 52 per cent – speed at 35mph plus in 30mph limits at least weekly compared to 34 per cent of older drivers.

Meanwhile 46 per cent of male drivers speed at 35mph plus in 30mph limits at least weekly compared to 27 per cent of female drivers.

Brake is warning these speeds make highways risky places for people, and children in particular, to walk and cycle and is appealing to all drivers to cut their speed.

The group is urging drivers to pledge to not only stay within limits but slow down to 20mph or below around homes, schools and shops.

It says driving just a bit faster dramatically increases stopping distances, reducing the chance of being able to stop in time in an emergency.

At 20mph, if a child stepped out three car lengths ahead, a driver should just be able to stop.

But at 30mph or faster they would barely have time to hit the brakes before hitting the child with a significant chance of seriously maiming or killing them.

Brake senior campaigns officer Ellen Booth said: "Children make mistakes on roads, so it's vital drivers are always ready to stop in an emergency.

"Don't fool yourself that you can handle faster speeds; slowing down to 20mph or less around schools and homes is essential in giving yourself time to react, and allowing families to walk and cycle without fear.

"If we want to encourage greener, healthier lifestyles then making our roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists is critical, and all drivers can play a part in this.

"At the same time, we're appealing to government to invest in more 20mph limits, appealing to local authorities everywhere to implement these life-saving and life-enabling schemes as widely as possible."

Andy Goldby from Direct Line added: "Speed is one of the biggest killers on our roads and speed limits are there for a reason. Whilst parents can teach children how to cross the road safely and warn them of the dangers when out playing, the lives of their loved ones are very much in the hands of drivers and whether or not they are willing to slow down.

"Speed limits are a maximum and not a 'must do'. Gauging the conditions and situation is not just the responsibility of pedestrians, drivers have a responsibility too. They need to drive as they would want others to if their child was playing nearby."

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  • Adrian1208  |  June 07 2012, 11:14AM

    Children too young to understand road sense should have perental supervision at all times but If you have been hit from not using the green cross code, Lawers 4 You, it's a freephone number 0800 ****** they'll sort you out...............

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  • eatmygoal  |  June 05 2012, 6:55PM

    "I say - If the child didn't step out in the first place, it would not get hurt, no chance of getting seriously maimed or killed" Sounds like a harsh punishment for a 5 year old child. If they are sensible and never do something silly then they get to live. But if, for some reason they do something childish, then the driver is within his rights to mow them down? I might be exaggerating there but you get my point. As adults we have a duty of care to protect children and as annoying as it may be for some, take precautions so they don't get hurt.

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  • InsideStory  |  June 05 2012, 5:11PM

    It only takes common sense to drive a vehicle trouble is not many drivers have this gift.And not many drivers keep up with the highway code so all the accusations of poor parenting not teaching children the green cross code fly's out of the window.Drivers these days are in too much an hurry to even bother if there happens to be an hazard ahead whether it be a narrow gap or obstruction they still keep their foot on the throttle not even bothering to slow down for the obstruction . You can blame everyone else if you like but at the end of the day your actions can make the difference between life or death of a fellow human being. IT'S better to arrive late in this life rather than early in the next.

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  • Lincolnian1  |  June 05 2012, 4:25PM

    "At 20mph, if a child stepped out three car lengths ahead, a driver should just be able to stop. But at 30mph or faster they would barely have time to hit the brakes before hitting the child with a significant chance of seriously maiming or killing them." This sounds strangely familiar to the campaign run a few years ago 'If you hit a child at 30 mph it has an 80% chance of surviving if you hit it at 40mph a child has an 80% chance of dying.' It seems to me that these road safety campaigners won't stop until the personal motorcar is banned; they're being clever about it, they're pushing very slowly and softly towards this aim. Unfortunately they are able to play the child card - which they use as a golden ticket to push their agenda as it is very difficult to argue against it without being demonised by concerned but ultimately lazy parents.

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  • peak3  |  June 05 2012, 3:33PM

    every day im nearly hit by someone on a bicycle who is riding on the footpath as im walking along it, does that law not apply anymore. the rules of the road applies to everyone but regarding lincolnshires roads you are lucky to do the regulated speed limit being chocked with lorries restricted to 40/45mph or tractors on a 60mph road. when i was at school i was tested on the green cross code & had a cycle practical test & this was in the 1970's around the age of 8 or 9. why is it always the car driver that should once again be scrutinised, some cyclists in my experience pop out from all sides without any consideration including the ones who ride on the footpath which im sure is still illegal unless designated. i nearly hit a cyclist today who was a few yards infront of me then all of a sudden pulled out infront of me (who is at fault) me as an adult driver or the cyclist who knows nothing about road conduct. this person was a youngster but should i sympathise regarding this young person due to lack of road knowledge & rules or should this person already know the rules of the road as a cyclist (pause for thought). i would perfer it if there was a testing drill & if passed a licence issued to all potential cyclists starting from school just like i did back in the 70's & it was a valuble lesson & quite a wake up call realising how serious cycling on the road really is, my life depended on it.

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  • Ian_Heighton  |  June 05 2012, 2:40PM

    AndyARDK is spot on, kids should be taught the Green Cross Code rather than the current "Claim2gain" philosophy. They say - "At 20mph, if a child stepped out three car lengths ahead, a driver should just be able to stop. But at 30mph or faster they would barely have time to hit the brakes before hitting the child with a significant chance of seriously maiming or killing them." I say - If the child didn't step out in the first place, it would not get hurt, no chance of getting seriously maimed or killed. As to the consideration to other road users, I totally agree - if you are driving well below the speed limit with a line of cars behind you, then you are not showing any consideration to other road users. If you want to drive slowly, that's fine, but get out of the way of faster vehicles and show some consideration. I've done that many times but never seen anyone else do it.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  June 05 2012, 1:28PM

    Spot on, SS29252. AndyARDK actually appears to be arguing against theirself. When conditions dictate, it makes sense to slow to below the legal limit. Where there are likely to be children or older people, it does no harm to slow down a little.

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  • SS29252  |  June 05 2012, 12:58PM

    I'm afraid that it's the likes of AndyARDK that this article is aimed at. He states that children should know the Highway Code. He obviously doesn't as it quite clearly states that speed limits are not targets and that consideration should be given to all road users. He's the idiot up your backside if you dare to 'plod along' at a mere 50 mph. If he knocks down your child it'll be the child's fault of course!

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  • ColinLincs  |  June 05 2012, 12:03PM

    In sensitive areas such as school zones and roadworks fines, penalty points and jail sentences should be at least doubled. What is the point in having 'advisory' 20 mph limits near schools? If speed is so important in these areas make them mandatory but use timed signs. Dead easy if you use interactive electric signs. Lincolnshire, by the way, has a lot of older people who drive and for the impatient who think that 50 mph in a '60 zone' is 'plodding along' they are wrong. Just try asking the police, the AA or any road safety organisation. Set off early, allow time for the journey and we all have mobile communications to let somebody know we are going to be late. Is risking the life of other people worth shaving minutes off a journey?

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  • AndyARDK  |  June 05 2012, 10:28AM

    "The group is urging drivers to pledge to not only stay within limits but slow down to 20mph or below around homes, schools and shops." It the thoughtless drivers who do THAT which winds up other drivers who then drive faster when these SLOW drivers get out the way. There the same driver who plod along at 50 in 60 zones going " I'm more careful than all these idiots racing pass me ? " . Their not racing pass their doing THE SPEED LIMITS. If a child step into the road ... He should know the Highway code LOOK left and right before stepping out, if the too young to know what are they doing in the street ? True if the hit a car doing 20 they maybe better off than stepping in front of one doing 30 so why end there lower the speed to 10 or 5 then they may just get a bruise !? MORE 20mph zones, why not just bring back the red flags. In bad weather when there's black ice on the road is 20mph alright, MOST driver's slow down the biggest problem near schools are badly parked cars where kid have to cross the road. Parked cars are the main reason children get hit near schools not driving too fast, that's not rocket science ! I'm 45 and when I got knock off my bike the car was pulling out of a junction doing TEN MILES AN HOUR ! On a weekend I have to pass 4 school where the speed limit can drop by as much as 30mph ... what kid is there at 6am on a sunday morning ???

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