Ambitions to save lives by making 20mph the new 30mph across Oxfordshire have been approved – but its success will depend on motorists changing their mindsets when driving.
In October, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet voted to endorse proposals to make it simpler, quicker and less cost prohibitive to lower speeds to 20mph on most urban areas and village streets in places where it is both suitable and supported by residents.
County Councillor Liam Walker, Oxfordshire County Council's Shadow Cabinet Member for Highway Management said: "Over the years I have helped set up Community Speedwatch groups, including more recently in Long Hanborough, in villages within my County Council division to help tackle the issue of speeding."
"I now want to hear the views of residents about whether they support having a 20mph limit in their village. The results of this consultation will determine if people feel the new speed limit is appropriate for their village so please make sure you add your view whether it's for or against."
Matthew Barber, Police & Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: “Speeding is a concern raised by many communities across Oxfordshire, and indeed across Thames Valley. The setting of speed limits is a matter for local authorities and Thames Valley Police will continue to enforce in line with the speed limits that are in force.”
Give your views on 20mph roads by visiting Cllr Walker's consultation: www.liam-walker.com/have-your-say by the 31st January.