Speeding vehicles over 20mph – a big problem for children.
March 22, 2011 Leave a comment
Research released this week has proven that children cannot accurately judge the speed of vehicles above 20 mph. Scientists aimed to discover why children are overrepresented as road casualties. Research found that vehicles traveling faster loom less than slower vehicles. This creates a dangerous illusion in which faster vehicles may be perceived as not approaching. 20 mph limits can help protect children from making risky crossing choices.
Vision scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London measured children’s detection of cars approaching in a road crossing scenario. At speeds faster than 20 mph, primary age children (6-11 years) may not be able to tell that a car is coming. This strongly supports the implementation and enforcement of 20 mph speeds near child pedestrians. Public Health body NICE guidance also wants 20 mph limits near children.
View the full report at at http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/03/04/0956797611400917