14 October 2013
Brake, the road safety charity
Brake has welcomed guidance from the Association of Chief Police Officers clarifying the police position on enforcement of 20mph speed limits and reveals plans for tailored speed awareness courses for drivers who break 20mph limits. The guidance states:
- There should be routine enforcement in all clearly posted 20mph limits, including targeted enforcement where there is a pattern of deliberate offending;
- Drivers caught at up to 34mph in a 20mph limit face a £100 fine and three points, or if speeding at 35mph or more would be reported to the courts;
- Drivers who speed at 24–31mph in 20mph limits will be offered a specially designed speed awareness course (in lieu of penalty points), aimed at educating them on 20mph limits.
Brake is part of a GO 20 coalition of charities calling for 20mph limits to become the norm across built-up areas, to enable people to walk and cycle for their health and enjoyment, and for cheap and sustainable travel, without being or feeling endangered.
Increasing numbers of authorities are recognising the benefits by implementing 20mph limits across towns and cities. In recent months Birmingham and the City of London have announced they will be joining the many towns, countries, boroughs and cities 'GOing 20'.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, the road safety charity, said: "This guidance is timely and important. As more and more local authorities introduce widespread 20mph limits, it is critical to get the message across to the driving public that breaking these limits is an offence and will be prosecuted. We welcome tailored 20mph speed awareness courses, which will deliver education to drivers who risk the safety of vulnerable road users by ignoring 20mph limits. This guidance supports work by community campaigners, local authorities and government to increase the use of 20mph limits in built-up areas, to protect people on foot and bike, make our communities safer, more pleasant places, and encourage greater levels of walking and cycling."
Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 63 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes. Brake runs awareness-raising campaigns, community education programmes, events such as Road Safety Week (18-24 November 2013), and a Fleet Safety Forum, providing advice to companies. Brake's support division cares for road crash victims through a helpline and other services.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.