Accidents up in 30 kph zones

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The number of accidents in 30 kilometre per hour zones has risen sharply in the last five years, as have the number of traffic deaths

THE NETHERLANDS - Figures released by the Institute for Road Safety Research show that in 2002 there were close to 1,000 accidents in such zones. By 2007, the figure had risen to almost 1,400.

The institute's researchers say the number of accidents has risen mainly because local councils are failing to build speed bumps and roundabouts in new zones.

They add that simply putting up a board announcing the maximum speed is not enough, since residents of the zones think they are safer and fail to realise that there are few obstacles to prevent motorists driving too fast.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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