Calls for extra deterrents for speeding drivers

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 December 2018

Nailsea High Street.

Nailsea High Street.

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Nailsea Community Speedwatch is appealing for a mobile sign to deter motorists who have been caught driving at 70mph through the town.

Drivers have been recorded reaching dangerous speeds in residential areas and the community group is urging the authority to take action before somebody is killed.

Anthony Phillips, from speedwatch, attended Nailsea Town Council’s meeting last month to appeal for help to deter motorists from speeding.

More: Call for action after drivers caught speeding in Nailsea.

The group has now written to the council to ask it to purchase a mobile speed sign to be used on problem roads.

John Hunter, co-ordinator of Nailsea Community Speedwatch, said: “We have extensive evidence of speeding in the Nailsea Park and High Street locations particularly, but also on Mizzymead and Clevedon Roads.

“In 70 sessions this year we have observed speeds in the 60s and up to 72mph in 30mph zones – 30 speeders an hour at almost any time of the day on Nailsea Park is the norm.

“A recent covert night-time exercise revealed one in every three drivers speeding up to 55mph on Nailsea Park.”

Mr Hunter has highlighted a number of routes which are more at risk including Nailsea Park, around Golden Valley Primary School and Station Road close to St Francis Primary School.

He added: “Location on Nailsea Park with the two schools would make it appropriate to appeal to children who can exert a speed-calming influence on their parents.

“Therefore, the type which flashes a smiley face for observing the speed limit and a sad face for breeching the limit would seem to offer the best solution to excessive speed and to educating the young ones.

“In order for it to be fully effective it would need to be moved around the problem sites every few days in order not to become just a part of everyday street furniture.”

The speedwatch team also wants North Somerset Council to install extra speed limit signs on Nailsea Park to remove any confusion about the 30mph limit.

A mobile speed sign is expect to cost around £3,000.

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