Once the subject of ridicule and derision by a public ignorant of the benefits of lower speed restrictions, 20mph limits are now a reality because of sustained lobbying on the part of various groups, including road safety charities, bereaved families and personal injury solicitors.
Although the introduction of a 20mph speed zone on the A77 in South Ayrshire might seem like a minor occurrence, it is in fact an important landmark and perhaps, at last, recognition, that lower speed limits are the way forward for some trunk roads in Scotland, particularly as it might mean fewer pedestrian accidents, fewer child accidents, fewer cycling accidents and a reduced caseload for Scotland's personal injury solicitors.
As it stands, the 20mph speed limit will be in force only in the town of Maybole but, over time, the pilot will extend to the villages of Biggar, Largs, Langholm and Oban; the speed limit will be permanent and is the first time that the 20mph threshold has been in place on a more major road.
The decision to introduce the speed limit was made following analysis of several pieces of data. The volume of lorry traffic and the number of car accidents recorded on the road were two of the key factors behind the change.
"Safety is a priority for Transport Scotland and managing speed is an important part of our strategy," said Steward Leggett the organisation's operations manager.
"It is essential speed limits are appropriate to conditions and these pilot zones will help us establish the benefits of lowering speeds in towns and villages, where it is reasonable to
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