YEP Says, April 2: Biggest battle on road safety rests with city drivers

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TWENTY’S plenty is the familiar plea to motorists in residential areas where the speed limit has been cut from its normal 30mph.

TWENTY’S plenty is the familiar plea to motorists in residential areas where the speed limit has been cut from its normal 30mph.

And it’s one that looks set to become more widespread as the argument in favour of extending the reach of these lower limits gains traction.

Road safety campaigners point to the human and financial toll of road accidents to support their calls for 20mph to become the accepted speed on Leeds’s minor roads.

Last year nearly 2,000 accidents resulted in 2,500 casualties – of whom nearly 350 were either killed or suffered serious injuries.

The injured included more than 250 children.

And although it’s of secondary importance compared to the human toll, the cost to the city as a result of these collisions ran to more than £120m.

In such a context, the £6m cost to Leeds City Council of rolling out 20mph speed limits on the majority of residential streets by 2020 suddenly looks reasonable.

However, given the figures involved, it’s understandable why some believe that deadline should be brought forward.

But perhaps the more important question is whether these limits will actually change the behaviour of drivers. After all, too many fail to keep to the 30mph limit now – what will persuade them that 20 really is plenty?

Battle lines being drawn in region

WEST Yorkshire could hold the key to the parties’ fortunes on May 7 – hence why the region saw visits from both Labour leader Ed Miliband and Tory chancellor George Osborne yesterday.

Speaking at the Britvic factory in Pudsey, Mr Osborne claimed there were just 36 days left to save the economy from being ruined by the two Eds.

Mr Miliband, who was in Huddersfield, vowed that a Labour government would install a Minister to stand up for Yorkshire.

The promises are sure to keep coming. The question is who do you believe will keep them if given the keys to Downing Street?

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