Speed restriction sign should not be hidden from view
I WAS reading the article about the thousands of motorists caught out by a speed camera in the E.T on Saturday May 29th.
I agree that speed cameras should be put into place to protect the work force in the road. Many drivers are unaware of the dangers of speed and that the road layout might have changed. I use this part of the parkway daily and would like to point out that in the photo on the front cover you can clearly see the 40mph but this has not been the case over the past week. The sign was obstructed by the bushes that are on the verge. This in course has made it very unclear as to what the speed limit is on this section or works.
On the road works at Bretton the sign is clear and noticeable and clearly states 50mph.
I feel this is a very underhand way of catching motorist unaware of the speed limit and that action should have been taken by three parties. 1 Highways agency 2 The main contractor who are carrying out the works. 3 The police as in the article it states that they set the limit to 46 mph.
I would not be surprised that other motorists presumed that the limit was 50mph and it would be of interest to find out what the average speed of these fines are. IF the story about the speed camera on the Frank Perkins Parkway is correct, then all tickets issued before the addition of signage should be refunded and if not yet paid, queried. Here is an admission by the police that the signage was an issue. This would seem like a good defence to me.
KEITH PEAT East Midlands Regional
Coordinator Association of British
Drivers Lincolnshire Drivers’ Charter
Member ABD Belongs to National Association of Voluntary