Alteration to speed Limit on Warsop Lane, Blidworth/ Rainworth

Alteration to speed Limit on Warsop Lane, Blidworth/ Rainworth

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Robert Gullett-Smith started this petition to Nottinghamshire County Council

This petition would like Nottingham County Council to consider a reduction of the speed limit on Warsop Lane, Rainworth.

The reason this is so important to me, is our family cat Trevor got run over in the 30 MPH section of Warsop lane. This was due to a driver speeding, unable to slow down in time. The most difficult part was informing my 5-year daughter that her beloved pet had been killed.  As a tribute to his death, I promised her I would campaign for a change in the speed limit to reduce further events.

Currently Warsop Lane Rainworth, has a 30 MPH section then a national speed limit section then a 30 MPH.  Within the national speed section there is a church, Stables, 2 houses, a dog resue centre.  Also a very busy footpath, due to children walking from Blidworth to Rainworth to attend School at Joseph Whitakar high school (1200 pupils). There is also the coupe gardens development. 

Current issues

Motorist speeding up in the 30 MPH zone in preparation for the national speed limit section.
Motorist not slowing down ready for the 30 MPH zone.
Going past the opening of Coupe gardens development at speeds in excess of 30 MPH
Many beloved pets have lost their lives on this stretch.
The amount of traffic increasing, only a matter of time before a human is Killed.
Children’s behaviour towards motor vehicles. Playing a game called chicken, (Jumping in and out of the road).
Horse being scared due to acceleration and throwing riders off.
Benefits of reducing speed limit

Dr Chan the Former Director-General of the World health organisation wrote a paper in 2017 about reducing speed saving lives.

“Regardless of where one lives, speeding is a lethal problem. Studies show that on most roads, in most countries, 40–50% of all cars travel above the posted speed limit. And whether or not a car is speeding can be the difference between life and death. For example, someone who is hit by a vehicle traveling at 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour has a 3 times higher risk of dying than if they had been hit by a vehicle moving at 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour.”

Reduction in pollution

Fulham and Hammersmith Council has created a list of tips regarding the reduction of pollution:

Drive smoothly. Driving aggressively causes more pollution, will increase your risk of having an accident and will cost you more in fuel. Avoid rapid acceleration and heavy braking, and use the minimum acceleration necessary, even in a traffic jam.
Remember - accelerate smoothly, brake gently.
Slow down, driving at higher speeds significantly increases fuel consumption, pollution and increases your risk of having an accident.
 

References

Chan and Bloomberg (2017) Reducing speed to save lives, World Health Organisation Available from: https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/reducing-speed-to-save-lives#:~:text=This%20means%20that%20just%20setting%20urban%20speed%20limits,the%20world%20are%20already%20implementing%20these%20commonsense%20practices Accessed 29/09/2020

Fuller and Hammersmith Council, (2020) Air quality, Available from: https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/environment/pollution-and-air-quality/air-quality#:~:text=Avoid%20rapid%20acceleration%20and%20heavy%20braking%2C%20and%20use,of%20having%20an%20accident.%20Obey%20the%20speed%20limits Accessed 29/09/2020

 

Thanking you in advanced for considering the issues and signing the petition.

Robert Gullett-Smith

 

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