UK roads have encountered an abundance of nips and tucks throughout the years. Speed bumps adorn the majority of our routes claiming plenty of public notoriety. Whilst some believe they dramatically reduce danger on roads others describe them as nothing more than a hindrance. Leaving public opinion divided, this debate has reached a crossroad. Excessive speeding stirs up fear into pedestrians but it’s the sleeping policeman that sparks panic among motorists and couriers.
There is reason justifying the unwavering stigma attached to speed bumps. There is the possibility of goods and even vehicles becoming damaged when crossing them. Serving bad news for your car and couriers, it is typically the suspension of the car that is most susceptible to impact. Sudden jolts on a busy road can also lead to packages being compromised, which will inevitably lead to disappointment on the day of delivery. The most controversial negative associated with the speed bump is its proven potential to delay emergency services. With every speed bump an emergency vehicle will have to reduce its speed dramatically to safely cross them. Allowing additional scrutiny to leach onto the bump reputation, effecting time to reach help consequently undermines the purpose of these precautions.
Although the negatives of often circulate instantaneously, speed bumps do have strong redeeming features. Speed bumps are generally easy to install and carry a low price tag in comparison to some alternatives. Road signs are seemingly blacklisted by a handful of motorists. We frequently hear about drivers turning a blind eye to signage so a literal reminder to slow down is necessary to reinforce their message. Humps are said to divert traffic towards less congested areas and with lower traffic levels, the likelihood of collision is again reduced. The whole concept centres on making both drivers and pedestrians more aware of each other. Giving both time to react to one another thereby decreases the chance of collision or accidents occurring. Speed bumps have been a long-established aid to ease road traffic in areas such as schools, residential areas and near retirement homes.
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