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Children launch 20mph campaign

Schoolchildren in Rotherham are launching a campaign today to bring the speed limit down to 20mph in built up areas. They are being joined by the police and bereaved campaigners. Brake, the road safety charity, said by lowering the speed limit to 20, drivers have more time to react.

Studies show that when 20 limits replace 30 there are fewer casualties among pedestrians and cyclists. A survey of 424 children in Yorkshire and Humberside revealed four in ten children said they had been hit or nearly hit while walking or cycling.

Hull was the first city in the UK blaze the 20mph trail in the 90s. York is now set to make all residential streets 20mph by 2014, and Sheffield decided this summer to roll out 20mph limits across the city, starting in residential areas around schools.