Po­lice pledge to tackle speed­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Lo­cal cops are set to be trained to use speed guns in an at­tempt to crack down on speed­ing in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

The pledge comes af­ter the Re­former was con­tacted re­gard­ing the speed of ve­hi­cles on the Cathkin Re­lief Road.

Speed­ing mo­torists have been a prob­lem for res­i­dents since the road opened ear­lier this year, with con­cerns raised the road is an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

Now po­lice have con­firmed that they in­tend to “fo­cus” on the area in the next few weeks while traf­fic cops are car­ry­ing out an ini­tia­tive on the road this week.

Sgt Bren­dan McMa­hon said: “We are hop­ing to train of­fi­cers in us­ing speed guns.

“At this time it is down to traf­fic cops to do checks but mov­ing for­ward the plan is for the lo­cal prob­lem solv­ing team to take on these sorts of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“To my knowl­edge we’ve not had any­thing come up re­cently in re­spect of the re­lief road but we are aware of is­sues pop­ping up from time to time.

“We will give it some at­ten­tion and fo­cus in the com­ing days and weeks.”

Some lo­cals be­lieve the prob­lem has been get­ting worse.

An­nette Gaw, who stays on St Stephen’s Av­enue, told the Re­former: “Ev­ery morn­ing from around 7am cars are all pil­ing up out­side, par­tic­u­larly around the bus stop.

“Since the road opened the traf­fic has been so busy and you get cars just speed­ing down there.

“Last week this car flew down East Kil­bride Road and some­one could eas­ily get hurt when they go at that pace.

“I have had to jump back onto the pave­ment when try­ing to get to the is­land that’s there, be­cause some of them are com­ing down so quickly.”

The speed limit on the road is set at 30mph.

The is­sue was pre­vi­ously raised at a meet­ing of Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter the road was opened. Back then, Jim Bolton, sec­re­tary of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil for fin­ish­ing the Cathkin Re­lief Road but there is lot of speed­ing on the road.

“Be­cause it is a wide as­pect try­ing to keep to 30 mph is quite dif­fi­cult.”

20mph limit to be brought in, see page 13

Train­ingPo­lice of­fi­cers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang could be trained to use speed guns in fu­ture

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