Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley and Labour’s shadow energy and climate change spokesperson, has been given a national road safety award by the charity Brake and Direct Line Group for her commitment to increasing 20mph limits in her constituency.
Caroline’s campaign began shortly after she was elected as an MP for Don Valley. In 1998 she supported a campaign for more 20mph ‘home zones’ to make residential areas safer. By 2000 she was calling for local communities to be given the right to set their own speed limits. She also championed the campaign of a small village, Austerfield, which had a 40mph limit, for it to be reduced to 30mph. Despite the opposition of some local councillors, the campaign was successful.
When Doncaster adopted a directly elected mayor in 2002, Caroline helped draft his manifesto, which included 20mph areas. This has resulted in the first 20mph limits being rolled out across the Doncaster borough.