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20 mph in Lewes


The chance of a pedestrian being seriously injured or killed if struck by a car is 45% if the car is travelling at 30 mph but only 5% at 20 mph. If the motorist is speeding at 35mph only half of pedestrians survive. Government research showed that 20 mph zones reduced the incidence of traffic accidents by 60% and cut child pedestrian and child cyclist accidents by 67%,  (Source: Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. Road safety strategy: current problems and future solutions)

 Children in Britain are far more likely to be killed by cars than in almost any other western nation, with 1.21 deaths per 100,000.  Only Ireland is worse. Details here

 In a typical year 10 to13 pedestrians will be killed or seriously injured in road accidents in Lewes District (source, Office of National Statistics, neighbourhood statistics)

 In Hull, where a 20mph limit has been introduced to 118 zones over the last 5 years, overall injuries have declined by 60% and child pedestrian injuries have declined by 75%. The Commission for Integrated Transport's 2001 study found that where cities have 20mph speed limits covering between 65% and 85% of the urban network, they are transformed "from being noisy, polluted places into vibrant, people-centred environment” (source. Living Streets web site)

 The next fatality could be your child, your aged relative or you. 

 Please support the campaign for 20 mile per hour limits in urban areas. You can get copies of the petition form from Richard Kemp at 74 Court Road Lewes BN7 2SA, phone 472307, email

 If you have a car, you could also practice driving at no more 20mph in Lewes now.