Letters: Limits on speed

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Limits on speed

Sir: It is unfortunate that your leader "Ministers are speeding in the wrong direction" (Review, 20 September) fell into the common trap of thinking motorists never walk, cycle, have families or consider their own safety when driving. Car owners are concerned by speeding traffic as much as anyone else.

Last year 73 per cent of car drivers killed in crashes were on rural roads, with speeding being a major cause of accidents. It is not surprising then that a recent Mori poll for the Council for the Protection of Rural England showed that 86 per cent of households with a car supported a limit of 40mph or less on minor rural roads.

Urban or rural, car owners or not, people back moves to create safer country lanes which can be used and enjoyed by everybody in safety. So too should the Government.

PAUL HAMLBIN

Senior Transport Officer

The Council for the Protection of Rural England, London SW1

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