Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

You can’t improve on ‘no injury’ figures

While cutting speed limits outside schools to 20mph sounds dramatic, closer inspection reveals that this decision will have no impact on child road safety.

I drive past a proposed pilot site, Kilmoyle Primary School, Ballmoney, every morning while the children are arriving at school.

I have never seen a parent attempt to park on the opposite side of the road or cross the road with their child in the vicinity of the school.

Neither do I see children making their way to this school unsupervised. There is a drop-off/ pick-up area on the same side of the road as the school and the parents are sensible enough to use it. For those who don't know the area, Kilmoyle Primary School is on a gentle bend on a country road.

To expect vehicles to slow from 60mph to 20mph on a bend which can be muddy from farm traffic is an avoidable new hazard, particularly for motorcyclists. If this was really about road safety for children, the decision would have been to slow traffic where children cross roads unsupervised.

Peter Campbell, principal at the other pilot site, Hezlett Primary, said: " Thankfully, none of the children have ever been injured."

The fact that there was no indication in the article (Belfast Telegraph, June 21) that there were any injuries or fatalities at Kilmoyle leaves a serious question. How will it be possible to assess if this pilot has been successful? A statistical analysis is impossible. How can you improve on 'no injuries'?



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