No thanks to these 20mph zones here

THE two-year experimental 20mph limit in Portsmouth has been hailed a great success by the Twenty is Plenty campaign, as accidents dropped by 21 per cent.

However, there was a drop nationally during the same period of 14 per cent.

Fatal or serious injury accidents in Portsmouth rose by eight per cent compared with a drop of 12 per cent nationally.

While it can be argued this does show a drop in accidents over the national average of seven per cent, it could also be argued that it shows a rise of 20 per cent in killed or serious injury accidents.

Obviously, only one or two of these types of accidents in Portsmouth will make a big percentage difference.

It would need a much longer experiment to get a realistic result.

A major, and probably deliberate, fault was ignoring the 12 per cent drop in traffic compared with the one per cent nationally.

This was obviously due to people avoiding the area and taking their business elsewhere.

If it weren’t that a large percentage of the Portsmouth traffic is due to the naval bases, the university and the ferry ports, it would have dropped even more.

Can Worthing afford the large drop in trade if we have the scheme here?

Newfoundland has similar schemes. I was embarrassed when walking there and stopped to see which way to go.

Drivers stopped, thinking that I wished to cross the road.

Obviously, they are conditioned to this and behave like Pavlov’s dogs, which is appalling.

It is a jay walker’s paradise, as they know that the cars have time to stop and take advantage of it, increasing journey times even more.

Drivers here adjust their speed according to the conditions and it should stay that way.

The intention is to introduce the scheme here and there, and then extend it right over the country, as was done with controlled parking zones.

You have been warned. Thanks aplenty, no to twenty.

C. Gould

Georgia Avenue