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Speed bumps: will they soon be a thing of the past?

Speed bumps feature on our roads for an obvious reason; to reduce the speed of a car.

Any cars travelling above the speed limit instantly have to slow down and this small action could save someone from a serious personal injury.

So why have some councils across the UK encouraged speed bumps to be phased out? It's all part of a new government plan to cut air pollution.

By keeping traffic flowing steadily, it reduces fuel consumption and harmful emissions rather than stop-start traffic which can result from speed bumps causing the driver to slow down.

But what is more important; reducing air pollution or saving someone's life?

Amber Mitchell, personal injury solicitor at PotterReesDolan, said:

I think both are laudable goals and clearly both are very important but one goal should not be achieved at the expense of the other. I would hope that the government and any councils would consider carefully what impact on average road speeds and incidences of accidents removing speed bumps and replacing them with measures such as road cushions might have.

Although speed bumps force drivers to slow right down to avoid damaging their car, these road cushions have a shallower slope meaning the driver can decelerate slower.

Other options for reducing air pollution include better sequencing of traffic lights so drivers who are in the speed limit arrive at green lights instead of red.

Amber Mitchell is a serious personal injury solicitor with PotterReesDolan. Should you have any queries about injuries relating to speeding cars or indeed any other aspect of this article or personal injury and wish to speak to Amber or any other member of the team please contact us on 0161 237 5888.