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  • "A 20mph limit outside schools makes sense - when there is a risk of children running out into the road. That same 20mph limit is far harder to justify at 3am on a deserted main road.

    The current speed limits were set half a century ago when cars and stopping distances were much different to today. We now have the technology available for speed limits to vary according to the time of day and road conditions so we should take advantage of it.

    I would be in favour of a variety of limits running from 20 or even 10 mph outside a school during school hours to over 100 on an empty motorway late at night."
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Appeals for more 20 mph zones

Free Press Series: Appeals for more 20 mph zones Appeals for more 20 mph zones

FIGURES released by the Welsh Government showed that 100 cyclists were killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads last year.

The statistics also showed that 63 young people were killed or seriously injured as pedestrians.

The majority of casualties occurred in areas with a 30mph speed limit, with no child cycling casualties occurring in 20mph zones in Wales.

Sustrans Cymru, a charity encouraging people to travel by bike, foot or public transport, is appealing for more 20mph zones across the country in a bid to reduce the number of casualties.

The charity’s national director Jane Lorimer said: “Every child hurt or killed on Welsh roads is one too many and the number of child pedestrian casualties is of particular concern.

“We need more 20mph speed limits in communities across Wales, which will reduce casualties and ensure any collisions that do happen are less severe.

“The Minister for Transport has spoken about the need to make the walk to school safer and these figures indicate she is absolutely right. The figures also show that cyclists remain most likely to be injured at junctions and when simply heading straight on”.

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