Po­lice warn some­one will be killed if mo­torists don’t slow down

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By ADAM UREN

A FA­TAL ac­ci­dent is in­evitable if hot-rod driv­ers hurtling through road­works do not put the brakes on their speed.

In just three weeks, speed cam­eras in the road­works on A1139 Frank Perkins Park­way, Peter­bor­ough, have clocked 2,400 mo­torists do­ing more than 46mph in the 40mph limit and net­ted a mas­sive £140,000 in fines.

Cam­bridgeshire Safety Cam­era Part­ner­ship man­ager Clin­ton Hale said: “If peo­ple are driv­ing at high speeds and some­thing goes wrong, they are go­ing to cross the car­riage­way and kill some­one go­ing the other way.”

A LU­CRA­TIVE speed cam­era at one of the county’s worst speed­ing black spots is fail­ing to stop hot-rod driv­ers putting lives at risk.

In the three weeks since the two cam­eras be­gan op­er­at­ing at road­works on the A1139 Frank Perkins Park­way in Peter­bor­ough, po­lice have is­sued about 2,400 speed­ing tick­ets to driv­ers caught do­ing more than 46mph – the speed limit there is 40mph – net­ting £140,000 in fines for the Govern­ment.

Des­per­ate pleas to slow down and the prospect of a £60 fine and three penalty points is not de­ter­ring the 1,000 driv­ers who break the limit ev­ery day on the half-mile stretch of road, near the Eye round­about.

The 40mph limit has been put in place as there are cur­rently no bar­ri­ers in the cen­tral reser­va­tion and Cam­bridgeshire Safety Cam­era Part­ner­ship man­ager Clin­ton Hale fears a fa­tal ac­ci­dent is sure to fol­low un­less ir­re­spon­si­ble driv­ers hit the brakes.

He said: “If peo­ple are driv­ing at high speeds and some­thing goes wrong, there is no bar­rier to pro­tect them. They are go­ing to cross the car­riage­way and kill some­one go­ing the other way.

“There’s no ex­cuses for break­ing the limit, we have great, big signs be­fore the limit telling them to slow down.”

The cam­eras’ pro­lific first ten days of op­er­a­tion hit the front page of the Evening Tele­graph, as well as na­tional head­lines, af­ter £54,000 in fines were dished out.

But Mr Hale said driv­ers may still be un­aware of the no­to­ri­ety the stretch of road has gained be­cause the ma­jor­ity of those caught come from out­side Peter­bor­ough.

Most law­break­ers are pass­ing through the cam­era-trap at be­tween 50mph and 60mph, how­ever some dan­ger­ous driv­ers are zoom­ing by faster than the road’s usual 70mph limit.

Taxi driver Am­ran Ma­sood, of the Peter­bor­ough Hack­ney Car­riage As­so­ci­a­tion, said he was wor­ried about mo­torists driv­ing at such dan­ger­ous speeds on the road.

He said: “We al­ways have to be care­ful about the speed limit as we are pro­fes­sional driv­ers and we know that speed cam­eras and lim­its are put there for a rea­son.

“Peo­ple driv­ing over 70mph on a 40mph stretch is just ridicu­lous and putting oth­ers at risk.”

Cllr Adrian Min­ers, of the Dogsthorpe Ward, said driv­ers should have no com­plaints if they are caught speed­ing on the road.

He said: “They are given plenty of warn­ing that they should be trav­el­ling at a cer­tain speed.

“They need to slow down be­fore they kill some­one.”


Pc Nigel Wil­son on Frank Perkins Park­way and (left) how the ET re­vealed the speed­ing men­ace.

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