Call for flashing signs to curb daner speeding

PUBLISHED: 04:07 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:39 24 May 2010

FRUSTRATED members of a Speedwatch group are calling for more support after finding that more than a third of drivers are speeding past a village school. Despite the presence of Winscombe and Sandford Community Speedwatch, motorists are continuing to flou

FRUSTRATED members of a Speedwatch group are calling for more support after finding that more than a third of drivers are speeding past a village school.Despite the presence of Winscombe and Sandford Community Speedwatch, motorists are continuing to flout speed limits in the villages.The group recently recorded 55 out of 149 drivers travelling between 36 and 50mph in an hour-long period past Sandford Primary School. The limit is 30mph.Members are calling on North Somerset Council for help, and claim the authority promised them digital flashing speed signs months ago but it has yet to come up with the goods.The signs automatically flash up with a 'slow down' message when drivers are speeding and have been successful in other areas of North Somerset.The group also wants the Safety Camera Partnership to spend more time with mobile speed cameras in the tiny village but the organisation says it only has limited resources and cannot devote any more time to Sandford.Team co-ordinator Bill Cordell said: "With over one third of all cars travelling over the speed limit, I will not stand by and see innocent members of our communities injured or killed."It is time for North Somerset Council and the Safety Camera Partnership to be held to account for their total incompetence in dealing with our speeding problems."Community Speedwatch teams identify problems within their areas. We require the total support from the authorities which help set up these teams."Our villagers do not want death or injury today and perhaps answers tomorrow. A licence to speed is not the answer."A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "We are aware of the problem but unfortunately there has been a delay in getting the digital signs."The reason for this is that a health and safety inspection showed they would have to be put on special posts because of the positions where they would go. The posts are now on order.

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