OVER THE LIMIT

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Sharon Lip­trott

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

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