Caroline Flint hails progress in speed limits battle

AN MP has vowed to step up her campaign to reduce speed limits in villages where motorists regularly go too fast.

Caroline Flint, MP for Dearne Valley, has welcomed a motion passed without opposition by Doncaster Council to introduce lower speed limits outside of schools and to consult communities over which speed limits are wrong.

Ms Flint, who visited pupils at Tickhill St Mary's School to discuss their concerns, said:  “The frustration felt by schools, parish councils and residents about speed limits is one of the issues that has rumbled on for years. 

“Thanks to Labour councillors, those residents now have a green light to shout about roads where they want the speed limit cut. 

“The MP is writing to Mayor Davies to ask when the policy will be implemented."

Ms Flint is writing to schools, parishes and communities groups in her constituency to urge them to contact her where they believe a speed limit should be lower, or where it should be moved.

Cllr Phil Cole, who proposed the motion, told a council meeting: “Doncaster has seen an eight per cent rise in serious road casualties in recent years, when nationally there has been a fall of 16 per cent.

“Doncaster has paid a price in lost lives and serious injuries for road safety being treated as secondary concern.”

Overall, 1,245 pedestrians were injured on Doncaster's roads between and 4624 car drivers were killed or injured between 2005 and 2011.