Linda Riordan, MP for Halifax, March 2008

march08Linda Riordan, MP for Halifax
Linda Riordan MP is campaigning to reduce speed limits on local roads, following the tragic death of a constituent.

In August 2006, two-year-old Connor Graham was knocked down and killed on Claremount Road, Halifax. Claremount Road has a 30mph speed limit, without any speed camera or traffic-calming measures even though Stepping Stones Nursery, which Connor attended, is situated on the road.

Linda has joined Connor’s family and friends in campaigning for a 20mph speed limit on Claremount Road, and other roads around schools or homes. Over the past year she has met Calderdale Council a number of times to urge them to take action to improve safety, but has been told that the road is not a priority as there have not been enough crashes on it where excessive speed has been a factor.

On 14 March 2008 Linda supported Connor’s family, friends, teachers and nursery leaders in a silent protest at the lack of action being taken by Calderdale Council. The event was attended by Brake’s road safety mascot, Zak the Zebra. Media were invited to attend on the day and the campaign was covered by BBC Look North, Yorkshire Post, Halifax Courier and Pulse FM. Linda also gave an interview for ITN Calendar news.

Linda has stepped up her campaign by tabling several questions in Parliament, which have yet to be answered, about reducing the default urban speed limit to 20mph. Linda has also called for an adjournment debate on the need to reduce the default speed limit around schools and homes.

Linda says: “I am joining my constituents in their campaign to reduce speed limits around schools, nurseries and homes to 20mph. A few miles an hour can mean the difference between life and death and by reducing the urban default limit to 20mph, the Government could save lives and prevent untold suffering for families like Connor’s.”

Read more about Brake’s ‘Watch out there’s a kid about’ campaign to stop child death and injury. [Take action][4] by adding your name to Brake’s petition for 20mph speed limits around schools and homes.

If you know of a dangerous road in your area, let Brake know by calling our Zak the zebra hotline on 08000 68 77 80, and Brake could help you campaign for road safety improvements.

[4]: /community/watch out theres a kid about/funding for 20mph zones

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