New speed limits come into force on Tuesday

A series of new urban speed limits, which will reduce the speed from 50 km/h to 30 km/h on single carriageway roads, will be introduced on Tuesday, May 11

Streets that are shared by pedestrians and cars will have a maximum speed limit of 20 km/h; while those with a single lane in each direction are now set at 30 km/h.

Roads with two lanes in municipal areas – such as the Golden Mile – will have a limit of 50 km/h reduced from 80 km/h. As well as this, the 20 km/h speed allowance that could be used whilst overtaking no longer applies.

Penalties for holding a mobile phone and the use of a radar detection device will also come into force and points will be deducted from driving licences for failure to wear a seatbelt properly.

The new regulations aim to reduce fatalities in urban areas, as a pedestrian is five times more likely to be killed if hit by a car traveling at 50 km/h than one at 30km/h. The new speed limits will also see a reduction in pollution and noise, as well as easing traffic flow.

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