Cunningham: Twenty’s plenty in residential areas

Councillor Dónal Cunningham has restated his support the campaign to reduce the speed limit on urban residential streets from 30mph to 20mph.

Cllr Cunningham was speaking following the report that a 4 year old girl was almost hit by a speeding car while playing in the Leyland Farm area of Ballycastle,

He said: “Council is to seek an urgent with DRD Roads Services to discuss traffic calming measures for the Leyland Farm area. But aside from traffic calming, action needs to be taken to reduce the speed of motorists in urban residential areas.

“I believe that by reducing the speed limit on designated restricted roads we could act positively to reduce collisions and fatalities on our roads. Road injuries are amongst the leading causes of loss of life and disability worldwide, and regionally, a reduction in road related death and injury is a major aim of public policy.

“Recent guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended the introduction of 20mph speed limits and zones as an important way of improving safety.

“The safety and welfare of our communities is vitally important.”