30,000 cars snapped speeding in a week
LIVES are being put at risk by speeding drivers after more than 30,000 vehicles were spotted breaking a recentlyintroduced speed limit in the space of a week.
A special survey carried out by police on a single stretch of road to check the effectiveness of speed limits produced the shocking result.
More than half of the vehicles using 30mph limit Peterborough Road in Farcet, heading to and from Stanground in Peterborough, were found to be driving at speeds greater than 35mph during a seven-day survey in February.
Of the 62,213 vehicles surveyed in the week between February 22 and 29, a massive 32,784 of them were found to be travelling faster than 35mph, with one dangerous driver found to be travelling at speeds in excess of 70mph.
It follows the reduction of the 40mph speed limit to 30mph between Farcet and near to the Stanground overpass at the end of last year, bringing the section of road in line with the 30mph limit at the Stanground end.
It was hoped reducing the speed limit would stop drivers from Pe- terborough speeding up in anticipation of the former 40mph limit, but it does not appear to have had the desired effect with a huge number of drivers still speeding.
Stanground Central councillor Brian Rush has called for speed-activated warning signs to be introduced on the road, expressing fears not only for the safety of other drivers, but also the large number of young pedestrians travelling to and from Stanground Academy.
He said: “We have been campaigning on this for a long time now and we do need to get a speed-activated sign down there to encourage people to slow down.
“There has been a lot of concern that has been expressed by people living along the road, and we also have a lot of pupils walking to school from as far away as Yaxley along the road.”
Cllr Rush’s fellow Stanground Central councillor Irene Walsh has joined him in expressing concern about drivers on the road.
She said: “We have been pressing for action for a very long time and we would like to see some form of speeding restrictions down there.
“We have been contacted by a lot of residents about this but also through our own observations we can see cars speed on that road.
“It not only puts people in danger, but also is unpleasant for those living along the road.”
danger: Peterborough Road, near Farcet.