We all know the speed reduction bumps, although there are different types. We can refer to them in different ways: speed reducers, cross bands, portable speed bumps (badly called that, but it has ended up being accepted), elevated pedestrian crossings. Colloquially some call them “lying guards.”
They are usually installed almost everywhere, especially in the city and on crossings and conventional roads. Its purpose is that vehicle drivers are forced to slow down, avoid, or at least reduce, the shock and annoyance of going over, and in this way try to reduce the risks associated with speeding in certain zones.
The risk of death in the event of being run over at 50 km / h is 71%
It is not a question of how dangerous the speed is or is not in general terms (I would give for another very long article). Still, it is true that in some sensitive areas, and inadequate speed can lead to a situation with severe consequences. Take, for example, residential areas next to parks, schools, or centers for the elderly.
In these places, we have the most vulnerable road users: children, who are more distracted and less aware of dangers, who play and run freely, and the elderly, who may not see or hear as they used to and who move with something more of difficulty. What is undeniable is that the risk of being run over, and the consequences thereof, are all the more severe and even fatal, the higher the speed.
How to prevent cars from moving at an inappropriate speed through these most delicate areas and thus avoid being run over? Without a doubt, with more road safety education for all road users, also pedestrians, but above all for vehicle drivers, the machines that can run over.
In principle, it would be enough with common sense and the driver’s responsibility to respect the specific speed limit established in these most dangerous streets. Let’s think, for example, of a street next to a school with a maximum speed limit of 30 km / h.