POLICE have urged motorists to observe the new 20mph speed limits in three borough villages.
The slow-down warning came as Rhos, Johnstown and Penycae introduced 20mph limits on the majority of their roads.
The slower limit has been in operation in recent weeks and was officially launched yesterday at The Stiwt Theatre in Rhos.
Ponciau councillor Paul Pemberton, who backs the new speed limit, said: “The majority are in favour of it but there has also been some opposition.
“People need to be educated about it. We don’t want to alienate drivers by always having speed cameras there but the situation will be monitored.
“The most important thing is people feel safe and people recognise the new limit.”
The scheme was paid for by Taith, the North Wales transport consortia and is thought to be the first zonal 20mph scheme in the Wrexham borough.
Cllr Pemberton said concerns had been raised by residents in the Fennant Road area of Ponciau after several collisions.
“A number of people who lived there made us aware of the situation,” he said. “They lobbied us to put new measures in place.
“This is a village and we’re trying to make it as safe as possible.”
Cllr Pemberton said he was particularly keen for the 20mph limits to be strictly enforced near schools, where they were already in place, to help protect children.
He revealed the new limits are likely to ultimately mean speed humps would no longer be required as the plan is not to replace them when they become worn out or damaged.
At a Rhos Community Council meeting, some concerns were expressed about getting the new speed limit enforced.
Cllr David A Bithell of Johnstown told the community council: “It has been harder than you’d think to get people to drive at 20mph rather than 30mph. We need people to be aware of the new limit and educate them about its importance.”
Police and other agencies were invited to the launch of the new scheme yesterday.
Wrexham rural inspector Nick Evans said: “Our aim is education in terms of driver behaviour to help make the villages as safe as possible.
“We urge people to follow the 20mph limit.
“We are working with the local council to help strike a balance in terms of enforcement and education.”