Lim­its not en­forced

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

With ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle and let­ters re­gard­ing speed lim­its on ru­ral roads, I write from a vast ex­pe­ri­ence of driv­ing from 1967 on­wards.

If you drive, you will al­ready know what slows you down. And un­less it’s en­forced or has cam­eras, low­er­ing the speed limit to 30mph won’t help if it’s not en­forced and ru­ral roads are best driven at 40 to 45mph. How­ever, driv­ers aren’t pay­ing at­ten­tion to the speed lim­its we al­ready have.

Our 40mph speed limit from Kingsnorth to Sha­dox­hurst is never en­forced, con­stantly bro­ken, and be­cause there are no cam­eras, there are a num­ber of driv­ers that shouldn’t be on the road, whether it’s no li­cence, MoT or bald tyres.

So what slows traf­fic? Re­ally good speed bumps, traf­fic is­lands cor­rectly placed work and so to do chi­canes across half the car­riage­way.

Po­lice pres­ence works, but is ex­pen­sive, and it takes them away from much more im­por­tant things that po­lice are trained to do. The po­lice do tend to hand out tick­ets that are rarely ex­pen­sive enough to dis­cour­age the of­fences, or when ar­rested they get let off – OK can’t pay, take the ve­hi­cle. Walk­ing never breaks speed lim­its, does it. Per­haps the po­lice should be more re­spon­si­ble for their own wages with in­creased fines, then it may cre­ate an in­cen­tive for the job. But we do need cam­eras, now we don’t have tax discs. Christo­pher Smith Tally Ho Road, Stubbs Cross, Ash­ford

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