'Alarming' stats show more than 60,000 motorists speed in North Somerset village
PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 October 2016
A parish council is in fear for people's safety after revealing more than 60,000 cars were recorded speeding in the parish over the summer.
Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council has revealed 60,063 drivers were caught exceeding the speed limit in the villages in just eight weeks.
The council placed a speed recording device at four locations in the parish with a 30mph speed limit for a fortnight each.
The speed-activated sign was planted in Sidcot Lane, Woodborough Road, Hill Road and Sandford Road, with each site recording more than 10,000 vehicles travelling in excess of the speed limit.
Council chairman Mike Williamson said: “The eight-week monitoring of the speeding traffic has thrown up some very disturbing amount of speeding through our parish.
“These figures show an alarming number of cars driving too fast along our village roads.
“The parish council are in discussion with the police to find ways to combat this disturbing trend.”
Cllr Williamson believes the figures raise real concerns over the safety of parishioners, particularly children.
He added: “The high numbers have surprised us and we fear for people’s safety, particularly youngsters who walk to school.”
The two-week stint in Woodborough Road – which focussed on traffic travelling from Banwell – caught the most speeding motorists, with the sign activated 19,256 times.
The two-week period at Sidcot Lane recorded 15,762 speeding vehicles, while 11,614 cars were recorded at more than 30mph on Hill Road.
At Sandford Road, where cars travelling to Winscombe were monitored, 13,431 speeding cars were recorded.