I have some sympathy for the views expressed in R. Edwardson’s letter [Letters, September 18] concerning the need to reduce the speed limit in Friday Street and Langney Rise.
There are roads in my locality also, notably the parallel Carlisle and Blackwater Roads, where a reduction in the speed limit might go some way to reducing the number of vehicle collisions which have occurred on these roads over several years.
This area of town has a large secondary school whose pupils regularly need to cross the aforementioned roads as well as the busy Grange Road which intersects them. Many elderly people also live in this area and have to contend with speeding vehicles on a daily basis.
However, having said this, I am not convinced that merely reducing the speed limit is really the way to improve road safety. This can be achieved only by the active enforcement of the speed limit, whatever it may be, whether by means of fixed or mobile speed cameras or police patrols or any combination of these.
Speed limits can be reduced, but without regular and rigorous enforcement of the law many speeding drivers will remain undeterred and continue to flaunt legally imposed speed restrictions, committing in the process this most anti-social of driving offences.
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