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Road Safety (Norfolk)

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

I am delighted to present a petition on behalf of my constituents in south-west Norfolk, who are concerned about safety on roads through our villages, which can be narrow and winding. Those roads cannot cope with the speed, weight and volume of traffic that uses them. The residents live in fear of traffic accidents, particularly involving children who use the roads to walk to and from school. The petition is signed by more than 2,000 of my constituents, but many more support its principle. It has my absolute support.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of South West Norfolk,

Declares that the safety of children and other pedestrians outside schools is vital; that the numbers of road fatalities per year is far too high, that the roads outside schools are particularly sensitive areas; that reducing the speed limit on roads past schools would be an effective way of addressing this.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to consider reducing the national speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour outside schools.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.