Adult Road Safety
The West of Scotland Road Safety Forum is committed to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by inappropriate speed. "Twenty's Plenty" is just part of a wide reaching programme of speed reduction measures to make our roads that much safer for all. So look out for the signs and watch out for others by watching your speed.
It's all about expecting the unexpected. So picture this. You're in the driving seat when a child suddenly runs out in front of you from behind a parked car. Your foot slams down instinctively on the brake ... but it could be too late.
Hit a child at 40mph and 9 out of 10 will die.
Hit a child at 20mph and 9 out of 10 will live!
These statistics from the Scottish Government and Department for Transport highlight exactly why twenty really is plenty when driving in residential areas where such unexpected events are most likely to happen.
But wouldn't it be even better - for you as well as the child - if you could cut the chances of such a collision happening in the first place?
If you're driving sensibly at 20mph, you could stop the car within 12 metres - about 3 car lengths.
At 30mph, however, it would take another 11 metres to stop ... and that could be 11 metres too far!
So the next time you're driving through a residential area, remember the Twenty's Plenty rule. It might add a few short seconds to your journey time but it could save a life.
Did You know?
In the West of Scotland more than 300 people every week are stopped by the police for using mobile phones whilst they are driving. (Source: Strathclyde Police).