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Hertfordshire County Council launches public consultation on speed limits
Cars could be forced to drive more slowly in residential and rural areas if new plans go ahead.
Hertfordshire County Council is seeking the views of members of the public on its new speed management strategy.
Proposed in partnership with Hertfordshire Constabulary, the strategy would make it easier to create 20mph zones in residential areas, if supported by residents.
The council would also designate quiet country roads as 40mph zones, but only if the average speed of cars on the road is around that limit already.
Councillor Terry Douris, who is responsible for highways, said: “We know people are concerned about speeding traffic and we want to make sure that we can put appropriate limits in place. But first we want to hear people's views.
“We'll propose a final strategy for the county in February, once we've had the opportunity to listen to residents’ feedback.”
Chief Inspector Richard Hann, from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing Unit, said: “We have been consulted by Herts County Council during the development of these proposals which could change how speed limits are set in the future.
“Getting speed limits right is crucial to making roads in the county as safe as possible.”
The draft documents can now be viewed and a link will be provided from tomorrow so responses can be sent in.
The consultation opens tomorrow and will close on November 22.
To give your views, visit www.hertsdirect.org/ltp32013
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