I note that those people who are against lowering motor vehicle speed limits in Worthing are worried that non-Worthing residents might have a say in the forthcoming consultation.
This seems odd, as those people who don’t live in Worthing are more likely to vote to keep faster speed limits to benefit visiting motorists like themselves.
Slower speeds are mostly wanted by the people who actually live in Worthing’s streets, as they are the ones who will benefit most from the reduced noise, reduced danger and reduced pollution and improved community life that 20mph limits will bring.
Until recently, the only way speed limits were set was by looking at how fast motorists generally drove: the speed limit was set accordingly.
Drivers effectively set the limits, and local residents had no say at all. Now, at last, the balance is shifting and the views of local residents are being considered when setting speed limits for motor vehicles. Perhaps the anti-20mph camp might, in fact, change their minds so that more out-of-town motorists get a say? Certainly, as someone who is completely in favour of 20mph limits in residential streets, I would prefer that only Worthing residents had an input!
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