Cam­era catches hundreds – but no change to speed signs

Mo­torist re­bukes coun­cil for lack of ac­tion at 60mph to 30mph-limit stretch of road

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a ma­jor road where the speed limit goes from 6030mph.”

He started in­ves­ti­gat­ing ‘the prob­lem’ af­ter he was caught out a few years ago and claims that on the ap­proach into the vil­lage the signs are ‘min­i­mal and poorly sighted’.

He ar­gued that usu­ally when there is such a drop in speed, mea­sures such as on-road mark­ings, yel­low back­ing boards, a built gate­way or countdown signs are of­ten em­ployed, along with a short 40mph stretch be­fore the 30mph.

But in emails seen ex­clu­sively by the Ad­ver­tiser/Ex­am­iner, BCC leader Martin Tett has dis­missed calls by Dr Rosen to al­lo­cate fund­ing for more sig­nage.

He wrote: “I can­not sup­port us­ing any coun­cil tax pay­ers’ money for ad­di­tional sig­nage as a lo­cal pri­or­ity given the many other calls upon the county’s fi­nances.”

Dr Rosen, from Beech Road, Hal­ton, Lan­caster, said he has even of­fered to con­trib­ute some of the cost him­self ‘as a mat­ter of char­ity to pre­vent motorists be­ing caught’.

He said: “I could just un­der­stand the pain and mis­ery this causes.”

He added: “Hav­ing found what’s wrong and dug out the fig­ures I feel it’s my duty to help these other motorists. It’s bring­ing a lot of un­hap­pi­ness and it’s un­nec­es­sary.”

A spokesper­son for Trans­port for Bucks said: “Where the res­i­den­tial area be­gins there are two 30mph ter­mi­nal signs which clearly iden­tify there is a change of speed limit.

“The pres­ence of street light­ing also in­di­cates the speed limit on this road is 30mph.

“Where street light­ing is present, we are not per­mit­ted to in­stall ad­di­tional 30 mph re­peater signs. The speed cam­era is si­t­u­ated well within the 30mph limit be­yond a junc­tion and at a pedes­trian cross­ing site.

“The pres­ence of the cam­era hous­ing is also signed in ad­vance.”

The spokesper­son added that it is not a re­quire­ment to have grad­u­ated speed lim­its be­fore a 30mph limit. THAMES Val­ley Po­lice has this week launched a crack­down on motorists who use mo­bile phones while driv­ing.

Of­fi­cers will be tar­get­ing driv­ers who use their mo­bile phones with­out a hands-free kit through­out the week, which started on May 23 and fin­ishes on Sun­day (May 29).

Sgt Chris Ap­pleby, from the Joint Roads Polic­ing Depart­ment, said:

“The pur­pose of the cam­paign is to draw driv­ers’ at­ten­tion to not only the risks posed by be­ing dis­tracted by mo­bile phones while in con­trol of a ve­hi­cle, but the se­ri­ous penal­ties which they will face if they are caught.

“Driv­ing abil­ity is clearly im­paired by us­ing a mo­bile phone and the of­fence re­mains one of Thames Val­ley’s fa­tal four of­fences re­quir­ing con­cen­trated en­force­ment ac­tion.

“You can expect to be pros­e­cuted, and that might be a course you pay for, a £100 fixed penalty and three points, or a trip to ex­plain your be­hav­iour to the mag­is­trates.”

Dr David Rosen says it is usual to have more warn­ing on the ap­proach to a sharp dop in the speed limit

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