80 MPH?

The government announced last night that it would begin a period of consultation into the raising of motorway speed limits to 80 Miles Per Hour. The present limit of 70 MPH was set in 1965 to counter the rising casualty rates at the time. Modern vehicle safety features have had a massive effect on the casualty reduction figures leading to the proposals. Of course, charities such as BRAKE and ill-informed yet disproportionately vociferous pundits such as Janet Street-Porter have roundly condemned the Government for the move which has been under consideration for many years and would be very popular.

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