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20mph zones need enforcing warns councillor

April 19, 2017 8:57 PM

A 20mph zone has been agreed for Stone Brig Lane to protect pupils from Rothwell Primary but Cllr Stewart Golton has warned that without enforcement, the zone will be ineffective.

With consultation already complete and signage now created, the zone came into effect as soon as the signs went up. It joined several other 20mph zones already in operation around local schools.

However Cllr Golton has warned that the scheme will be a waste of money if the zones are not enforced properly.

Cllr Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) said: "We all know that slower, vigilant drivers around schools and residential areas make sense and the majority of motorists stick within the legal limits.

"However, there will always be someone who believes that rules aren't for them and for these motorists the zones will only work if they know their speed is being monitored.

"On asking, I have found out that traffic police will not be enforcing the speed limits, and the council is not able to. A single test will be carried out in a couple of months, and if there aren't any issues at that time, then no one will check again unless residents insist.

"If we are going to spend the money setting up the zones, we must be prepared to enforce them. A recent study in Manchester showed that 20mph zones by themselves have a negligible effect on drivers' speeds.

"Therefore I'm calling on the council to invest in some real enforcement action so that we can actually keep children and residents safe rather than paying lip service to the idea with a few signs."