KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Friday 26th September 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083
ROAD CASUALTIES REMAIN CAUSE FOR CONCERN
The Department for Transport has released the latest road casualty figures. Kent and Medway had 834 casualties in 2007, which included 358 cyclists and 75 children. Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, is calling for 20 mph limits in all residential areas to reduce these casualty figures. She says:
“Kent County Council has been very slow to respond to calls for 20 mph speed limits in residential areas. It should have a uniform policy for all residential roads, along with Medway, in its Local Transport Plan.
“I lived in Austria for 17 years. The city of Graz in Austria has half the rate of road deaths compared with similar cities in the UK, thanks to a speed limit on almost all roads of 30 kph (19 mph). When the new speed limit was introduced in 1992, there was a sharp decline of 24% in serious injuries on the roads. Kent and Medway should follow the lead which Graz has given.
“At present, Kent is planning to allow increases in traffic despite the increasing air pollution in many Kent communities(1). This, combined with permitting excessive speeds in residential areas, shows an exceptional lack of concern for public safety and public health. We call upon Kent and Medway councils to take action on these matters without delay.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, KENT GREEN PARTY ON 01732 355185, OR 0845 257 4236 or mobile: 079444 71083. Contact address as above.
1. Kent has over 50 Air Quality Management Areas due to high levels of air pollution.