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Folk law | Look before you leap

19 October 2012

Baron Hore-Belisha’s brush with death on the highway led to a change in the law that is still with us today 


The zebra crossing is 61-years-old this month. On 31 October 1951, statutory regulations for zebra crossings were introduced but the earlier road safety innovation of lamp posts topped with flashing yellow globes, known as Belisha Beacons, is attributed to their namesake, Plymouth born Leslie Hore-Belisha (1st Baron Hore-Belisha, of Devonport in the County of Devon) who was Minister of Transport from 29 June 1934 to 28 May 1937. Up to this time there was a serious increase of accidents to pedestrians and over 3,000 were killed in 1934 – described by the minister as “mass murder”.

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