Welwyn Garden City woman’s 20mph fight taken to Number 10

A CAMPAIGN by a WGC woman to introduce a national 20mph speed limit in residential areas has been taken to 10 Downing Street.

Michelle Kirby started Slow Down For Tommy when her nephew Tommy Kenny, 10, died after being knocked down by a car in a 30mph zone.

The mum-of-three took her campaign to the Prime Minister during Road Safety Week.

The theme of this year’s awareness week, run by road safety charity Brake, was ‘Kids Say SLOW DOWN’.

Brake is calling on the Government to put in place a strategy and targets to continue bringing child deaths and serious injuries down, with a long-term goal to reduce them to zero.


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Their message throughout the week – to get a 20mph limit.

Representatives from Brake were also in London with the results of a national survey, which showed last year 195 children were killed and a further 4,188 seriously injured on our roads.

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Michelle, who is the vice-chairman of St John’s School PTA in Lemsford, said: “I supported Road Safety Week because I believe that we desperately need to reduce limits on roads around schools and homes to 20mph.

“It isn’t right that we set limits to killer levels on roads that are shared by young pedestrians and cyclists.

“Please, please help us to avoid another dreadful loss and back the campaign.”

Julie Townsend, campaigns director at Brake, said: “It is unacceptable that so many children die and suffer appalling injuries on our roads.

“If you do [slow down], you have a good chance of being able to stop in time if a child runs out in front of you, and you’re helping to make our communities greener, more pleasant, and more family-friendly.”

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