SAFETY: Speed limits mean nothing to some

20mph speed limit zones need better policing says a correspondent. See letter

20mph speed limit zones need better policing says a correspondent. See letter

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Tuesday, June 30, was a beautiful day, but for me it had a horrible ending.

Returning from Whitley Bay and driving into Percy Park in Tynemouth, I was immediately followed by another car that pushed up very close behind me, intimidating me to go faster. After a couple of seconds this escalated into him sounding his horn.

This was unpleasant, and I decided to pull over and park before reaching my house so as not to give away my address.

I was right to do so. Overtaking, he finished with obscene gestures and mouthing obscenities.

My passenger was very upset at this awful behaviour.

I don’t know whether this driver is a reader of the News Guardian, but in case he is, I think I might be of help to him.

When you put a ‘2’ in front of a ‘0’, this becomes 20, and when this is placed within a red circle and displayed beside a road, it indicates a 20mph speed limit.

To help further, 19 is just less than 20, indicating that speeds at this level and below are lawful, whereas 21 is just more than 20, and speeds at this level and above are unlawful. You are breaking the designated speed limit.

In addition to the speeding that is normal in Percy Park, there is a further problem with aggressive drivers intimidating those driving within the law.

Peter Taylor

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