Ramsey meets with experts over speed limit reduction

Pat Ramsey MLA at Stormont.
Pat Ramsey MLA at Stormont.

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has met with child safety and play advocates ahead of the Assembly debate of his Road Traffic Speed Limit Bill on Tuesday. Mr Ramsey described the meeting with Playboard NI officials as extremely valuable to the debate.

He said: “I felt it was important that this debate is framed by informed opinions and built upon the best interests of those at risk in our society. The information provided by Susan and Jacqueline reaffirms why this Bill is a necessity.”

The bill is seeking to give communities the power to reduce the speed limit of their local streets, not to impose a new lower limit anywhere.

Mr. Ramsey said: “The truth is that a 30mph speed limit is not enough to protect those at risk on our roads. A collision at these speeds for pedestrians, particularly children and older people, can be fatal.

“Reducing the speed limit would not only reduce the damage of any impact but would also give drivers more time to react and prevent tragedy.

“The aim of this Bill is to return residential areas to their residents, keeping the streets safe for their children to play. We cannot afford to maintain the status quo.

“I would like to commend Playboard NI on the valuable contribution they have made to this Bill and for the work they carry out to support children and young people.”