OVER THE LIMIT
Nearly 3,000 drivers are breaking the speed limit in Lochmaben every day.
Now residents and politicians are urging action to prevent serious injuries or fatalities.
The findings from a traffic counter show that 2,773 of the 6,776 vehicles passing through the royal burgh on a daily basis are travelling above the speed limit of 30mph.
Following a survey last year, Dumfries and Galloway Council put in speed cables on Lockerbie Road and the A709 near Lochmaben Hospital in June, after calls from residents and the community council to take action on speeders.
The results show a high percentage of vehicles are ignoring the limits with 2,055 vehicles on a daily average reaching speeds of up to 36mph with rest going even faster.
A council spokesperson said that enforcement of speed limits was a matter for Police Scotland.
But Councillor Adam Wilson says residents want to see more done to curb the problem.
He said: “On an hourly basis, vehicles are speeding through the town, including the very early hours of the morning.
“The results of this investigation only confirm what the residents of Lochmaben know all too well – there are too many speeding vehicles passing through our town.
“Every speeding vehicle that passes through puts other road users and pedestrians at risk of serious injury or fatality.
“The council must now seriously consider how to implement measures to reduce this and work with the local community to make the A709 through Lochmaben much safer. Measures need to be implemented quickly and will involve working with external agencies.”
Tony Hancock, vice chairman of Lochmaben Community Council, said: “We have repeatedly asked for the 30mph signs to be moved about 100 foot outwards as a minimum and this has been rejected.”
Action call Councillor Adam Wilson wants to see a reduction in the number of speeding cars