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Push to reduce speed limit

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THE BARBADOS ROAD Safety Association (BRSA) continues to press for a reduction in the speed limit in residential areas and near schools.
In a release, president Sharmane Roland-Bowen said the organisation was “hoping legislation in the revised Road Traffic Act would be addressing this concern”.
“A move in this direction will also be in line with the strategy of the ‘safe systems approach’ to road safety that aims to achieve safe speeds on safe roads along with safe vehicles and safe road users, within the Decade Of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 which commences on May 11,” she said.
Roland-Bowen said the current national speed limit of 60 kilometres per hour was set when there were not as many high powered vehicles and distracted drivers on the roads and ‘reduce speed’ signs around schools were not enough to make drivers reduce their speed.
“If the speed limits within the school zones (which would apply within the school activity hours morning and evening) and in residential areas are reduced to a maximum of 30 kph and enforced this would help reduce the probability of these accidents occurring,” she said. (PR)

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