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Speed limit to be cut for more safety.

THE Government is set to reduce speed limits in a bid to cut the number of deaths on the roads.

Transport Secretary John Prescott plans to slash the limit on rural roads from 60mph to 50, in a bid to end the carnage which claims 3400 lives every year.

Local authorities will also be given more powers to implement 20mph limits in urban areas -- a priority will be to create safety zones around schools.

The number of roadside speed cameras is also likely to be trebled to 7000 in a bid to catch speedsters.

The moves are part of a safety review which is due to make its findings known later in the year.

A spokesman for the Scottish Executive stressed speed limits were a matter for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions at Westminster but added: "We are always looking at ways to make our roads safer."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 20, 1999
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