It seems barely a month goes by without another serious collision happening on the A518 between Stafford and Newport, often resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.
Speed is frequently a factor in these collisions. We therefore call upon our ELECTED County Councillor MARK WINNINGTON to reduce the speed limit to 50mph and to install average Speed Cameras on the stretches of road between Stafford and Haughton - and Gnosall and Newport.
Why is this important?
There is clear and indisputable evidence that reducing the speed limit is an effective way of reducing the speed of traffic. This is proven by numerous studies and is supported by real-world data. It is also a proven fact that slower speeds result in fewer collisions. This is the whole purpose for the existence of Speed Limits.
The Department for Transport DfT recently commissioned a review which concluded "...with a particular emphasis on single carriageways in the countryside, a 10mph decrease in speed limits could produce a 30% reduction in deaths on these roads.".
The time for weak excuses and inactivity is over. It is time for action.