MANY times in The Press do we read that a cyclist has collided with a car or that an action group are calling for speed limits in urban areas to be reduced to 20mph.

Here in Osbaldwick, it has been 20mph for many years and there are as many as 13 speed limit signs from Osbaldwick Link Road to my home reminding us of this!

But, does anyone take any notice? No, apart from bus drivers that is.

Taxis, HGVs, delivery drivers, even mums taking children to school drive around as though no such limit existed and yet here at least it is a justified limit.

We have two children's nurseries, a church, two parades of shops and two junior schools.

Why is this I wonder? Well part of the problem must be that the police simply do not monitor or take any interest. They would rather sit above the A64 York bypass on a good and wide, straight piece of road, raising revenue by catching out motorists in a place that creates few opportunities for accidents.

Yet here in York itself, we have drivers still using mobile phones, ignoring red lights, driving inappropriately, ignoring box junctions etc.

When did anyone see a police presence at a busy road junction, near schools and hospitals? Almost never. When asked, the police will trot out well used data on speeding but as they very rarely police the roads for any other discretion, they have little data and therefore choose to ignore it.

I say this as a driver and admit to making mistakes, nobody is perfect and today's roads are busier than ever, but unless the police work to improve the standard of driving rather than simply using speed as an excuse to generate an easy income, then reducing all urban roads to 20mph, as they have in Wales, will simply be a waste of time and money.

Harry Edessis,

Sadberge Court,

Osbaldwick, York


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