Speeding on our roads: what is a minute worth?
About one minute is typically all we save if we break the speed limit on our trip to Dursley, Wotton or Berkeley. What are the negative consequences? Some Taits Hill Road residents say that speeding traffic is badly affecting their lives. And they feel that the problem is getting worse.
Facts on speed and its consequences
- In 2018 over 7,000 people were injured and 186 were killed in Great Britain in crashes involving someone speeding
- Two-thirds of all crashes in which people are killed or injured happen on roads with a speed limit of 30mph or less
- Driving at only 5 mph above the 30 mph limit increases your stopping distance by 6.4 m or 21 ft even in good conditions
- If average speeds reduce by only 1 mph, the accident rate falls by about 5%
- Driving at 40 mph rather than 30 mph increases the risk of pedestrians suffering fatal injuries in a collision from 40% to 80%
- A belief that our roads are too dangerous due to traffic speed and volume is the main barrier to more people cycling
- Reducing speeds by 6 mph in built-up areas cuts noise by up to 40%
- Lower speeds generally reduce air pollution.
Tackling Speeding in Stinchcombe
Our previous Community Speed Watch group fizzled out a few years ago. The Parish Council supports a new group if enough residents are actively involved.
There are various ways to get involved and you don’t necessarily need to stand at the roadside.
This is a longstanding problem that is not easy to solve, but we can work together to make a difference.
Stinchcombe Speeding Survey
Use our one minute Stinchcombe Speeding Survey to tell us what you think about speeding in our parish.
Prefer pen and paper?
We want to hear from as many residents as possible. A version of this article and the survey will be included in the November issue of the Stinchcombe News.
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