Speeding in built up areas is a problem across the Lisburn district and particularly in Hillhall, where a group of residents have previously campaigned for speed ramps to be put in place along Hillhall Gardens. Unfortunately the Roads Service stated that Hillhall did not meet the necessary criteria for speed ramps, and some vehicles find speed ramps difficult to manoeuvre over.
Alliance Downshire East representative Aaron McIntyre commented “I believe that if enough local people were supportive, it would be sensible to try reducing the speed limit in built up and residential areas in the Lisburn district, such as Hillhall, for a trial period. If the accident results improved, then this would send a clear message to Stormont to introduce the necessary legislation to make 20mph speed limits the norm in built up areas across Northern Ireland.”
Extensive research has proven that reducing the speed limit to 20mph in built up areas improves road safety for all users and NI Direct state that a child hit by a vehicle travelling at 20 mph has a 90 per cent chance of survival, compared to 50% chance at 30mph, and only 10% at 40mph. A recent survey by the road safety charity Brake and Allianz Insurance in the UK has shown that over 80% of the public support a reduction from 30mph to 20mph in residential areas and town centres.