A NEW traffic scheme in Scotland that reduced speed limits has lowered the number of crashes and casualties.
Councillors in Edinburgh voted in 2015 to lower the speed limit to 20mph on most of the city’s roads. This decrease was rolled out over the next three years, alongside other traffic-calming measures, such as a full-size cardboard cut-out of a traffic policeman called Pop-Up Bob to deter speeding.
A superhero mascot called The Reducer also appeared at launch events. The scheme cost £2.76 million, but the results have justified the expense. Collisions during one year fell by 40% to 367. There was a similar drop in casualties, which reduced by 39%. Serious injuries and deaths were also significantly lower.