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A money-saving initiative in a town in the south of England has been scrapped due to fears it could cause a rise in road traffic accidents.
Last year, Milton Keynes Council decided to switch more than 3,000 street lights off at night in order to cut back its electricity usage but has now decided to pull a u-turn on the scheme on the grounds of safety, the Milton Keynes Citizen reports.
This initiative resulted in the local authority saving around £100,000 on its power bills over the course of the last 12 months, but this decision was criticised having been made without a proper road traffic accident safety assessment.
In addition, 25-year-old Gary Tompkins was killed when he was hit by a van in one of the areas of the town without street lighting just months after the plan was implemented.
Council leader Andrew Geary has said that while saving cash is important, this should not be done by jeopardising motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
"The danger seems to be when motorists go from a brightly lit area of road to a dark area. If all the lights are dimmed slightly then it will avoid this inconsistency and be a lot safer," he added.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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