‘Speed­ers on es­planade heed­ing warn­ing signs’

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - PUZZLES -

PO­LICE are win­ning the bat­tle to put the brakes on speed­ers on a Kirk­caldy road, it has been claimed.

David Hen­der­son, chair­man of Kirk­caldy West Community Coun­cil, said new fig­ures sug­gest driv­ers are heed­ing warn­ings on the town’s es­planade.

Fig­ures show that from Jan­uary 1 2016 to June 30 2017, a to­tal of 61 fixed penalty no­tices were is­sued to speed­ing driv­ers on the route. Of those, an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity were is­sued last year, with just nine given out in 2017.

“It is ob­vi­ously good news and it is now a far cry from the days when the boy rac­ers were tear­ing up and down the road,” said Mr Hen­der­son.

“How­ever, we have been told that most peo­ple are driv­ing at ex­cess speed around 1am. If that in­for­ma­tion is cor­rect, then maybe it would be pos­si­ble to tar­get the road at that time as well.

“The cur­rent num­ber of speed­ers is still not great, but it shows the po­lice are hav­ing a calm­ing in­flu­ence on the road.”

Po­lice safety cam­era teams are con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the route, how­ever, hav­ing been de­ployed on 17 oc­ca­sions in the first six months of this year, in com­par­ison­with 36 through­out last year.

Over two decades the stretch of road has de­vel­oped an un­en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for at­tract­ing boy rac­ers, with hun­dreds de­tected speed­ing and even rac­ing along it.

Po­lice have launched sev­eral ini­tia­tives over the years to tar­get an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and speed­ing and while progress has been made, driv­ers con­tinue to oc­ca­sion­ally con­gre­gate in wa­ter­front car parks.

Mr Hen­der­son at an elec­tronic speed warn­ing sign.

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