...and Lottery is still a winner for worthy causes
IF someone is hit by a car travelling at 30mph, there is a one in three chance that they will be killed. If the same person is hit at 20mph, they have a 97 per cent chance of survival.
Those numbers alone are the only argument that should be needed in favour of reducing speed limits near schools and homes – and it is to the council’s credit that it is now looking to do just that.
Over the next six years, 20mph limits will be put in place in residential areas across the city in a scheme costing somewhere in the region of £6m. Recent history shows it will be money well spent.
In Newcastle, cutting speed limits led to casualties being more than halved. In rural Lancashire, they were reduced by nearly a third.
But as welcome as this move is, these lower limits will have little impact if motorists who flout them aren’t caught.
With police budgets being squeezed like never before, there must be a fear that no extra resources will be put into monitoring these roads and people will continue to drive at 30.
That must not happen. While speed bumps and traffic calming measures have a part to play, there needs to be proper enforcement in the form of traffic police with speed guns and fines for those who are caught. Otherwise that £6m and the chance to keep the public safer will have been squandered.
Lottery is still a winner for worthy causes
IT’S hardly the most efficient way of giving to charity – and the lengthy odds of winning won’t attract the committed gambler.
But 20 years after its introduction, the National Lottery has become a British success story, creating more than 3,700 millionaires and raising more than £32bn for good causes.
From the success of the London Olympics to the revival of museums and theatres and the underwriting of cultural life across the country, the Lottery has proved itself time and again.
It may create thousands of losers every week, but the Lottery itself is a clear winner.