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