Mon­i­tor Grane Road’s weight limit too

Rossendale Free Press - - The Rossendale Scribbler -

THE new av­er­age speed cam­eras were turned on across the Grane Road this week, hope­fully mak­ing one of the county’s most dan­ger­ous roads that lit­tle bit safer.

Will it have the de­sired ef­fect? I hope so. Any­one who uses that road reg­u­larly will have seen dan­ger­ous speed­ing along there.

But I do think a big­ger prob­lem is still un­solved there – and that’s slow-mov­ing ve­hi­cles, es­pe­cially lor­ries.

There is sup­posed to be a weight limit on the road, but far more of­ten than I see peo­ple speed­ing, I see lor­ries clearly in con­tra­ven­tion of that limit on there, and ob­vi­ously not us­ing the road to ac­cess prop­er­ties along there.

This has the ef­fect of creat­ing a slow road, which prompts some peo­ple to take dan­ger­ous risks in over­tak­ing.

While that is wrong, it’s al­ways worth re­mem­ber­ing that pre­ven­tion is bet­ter than cure.

Would it be so hard for the po­lice to man, even on a monthly ba­sis, checks to en­sure the lorry driv­ers flout­ing the rules knew they had even the slight­est chance of be­ing caught?

Con­vinc­ing more big ve­hi­cle driv­ers off the Grane Road would have at least as much im­pact on safety as tack­ling speed.

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