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hat a brilliant idea, a 20 mph speed limit in the village and surrounding hamlets


clearly a perceptive brain was needed to think of it. But wait a minute, anyone who has passed a driving test knows that the compulsory speed limit through built up areas is 30 mph but very few take notice. At any time of the day vehicles travel at


excessive speeds through and around our village, not even the raised section close to the post office is a deterrent to a few. Abbots Rd and Gallows Hill are ideally suited


for potential racing drivers and every day we witness cars travelling more than 50 mph. Even where there are signs, take the North


Orbital for example which has a 50 mph limit, because it is dual carriage way vehicles regularly go well over the limit, and notice how they slow down when a camera comes in sight. Sometimes they are forced to slow over speed


humps and I have found that most can be taken easily at 25 mph without annoying my car, but they force a careful approach by most drivers. Our council are against speed humps and


cameras and think that people will take notice of 20 mph signs, this is blinkered thinking and a waste of our money. Bite the bullet and put up cameras and a few


humps to remind drivers that they are being watched. Yes it will cost money but the revenue from the cameras will more than pay for the outlay but the outcome will be very effective. Our council should think again. Alan Lloyd


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n response to your article in My Abbots News I would like to say that I am not happy with


the proposal of a 20mph limit on all residential areas of Abbots Langley but I would be happy for it to be introduced in the High Street. For the county council to reject this happening in the latter on the grounds that traffic was travelling too fast to be easily slowed down is ridiculous. Surely that is the same where-ever a 20mph limit begins. Maybe they could start the zone slightly


further out but without the need to involve most of Abbots Langley. Most drivers respect the current speed limit and drive carefully yet they will be inconvenienced because of the minority. I live in Trowley Rise where traffic calming


measures have been put in place. So many cars still speed down this road straddling the humps or just braking hard and accelerating to above the speed limit again after passing over them. It shows that some drivers just don‘t care and


will ignore a 20mph zone in the same way. Are there any statistics showing the number of


people who have been killed or injured because a vehicle was over the speed limit in Abbots Langley?


Alison Ward W


e are strongly against the whole of Abbots becoming a 20mph zone. The people who


are abusing the speed limits anyway will not take any notice of the 20mph but it will make life difficult and frustrating for the rest of us. We agree with the limit being implemented


during school arrival and departure times but 24/7 is ridiculous. I like the smiley face ―thank you‖ signs (as on


Bedmond Road) to remind drivers of the speed limit. Please re-think this proposal through. From two senior citizens with grandchildren


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