Speed cam­era to put the brakes on driv­ers

Ayrshire Post - - Around Ayr - GARY FAN­NING

A tem­po­rary speed cam­era has been in­stalled on a ma­jor com­muter route in and out of Ayr.

The cam­era has been erected for six weeks in Whitletts Road near its junc­tion with King Street in a bid to put the brakes on fast driv­ers.

The move comes after fed- up res­i­dents have com­plained for sev­eral months about ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling along the road at speeds up to 50mph in a 30mph speed limit.

Ward coun­cil­lor Ian Ca­vana has taken up res­i­dents’ con­cerns with po­lice bosses and wants a per­ma­nent speed cam­era on the road.

He said: “We need a speed cam­era there more than ever. I am con­cerned about chil­dren walk­ing to nearby St John’s and New­ton Pri­mary schools.”

Chief In­spec­tor Derek Frew, of Ayr Po­lice Of­fice, said the cam­era will help to cap­ture any speed­ing on the road.

He added: “The tem­po­rary speed cam­era will give us a pic­ture of the ex­tent of the speed­ing on this road and the fig­ures will be an­a­lysed by our statis­ti­cians.”

Coun­cil­lor Ca­vana has praised the Ayr­shire Post’s past ar­ti­cles for high­light­ing the speed­ing prob­lems on the road.

The Labour coun­cil­lor in­sisted it was an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen and ur­gent ac­tion was needed to curb speed­ing driv­ers.

Res­i­dents said chil­dren’s lives are be­ing put in dan­ger as they walk to the two pri­mary schools.

One res­i­dent who lives in Whitletts Road has been call­ing for a cam­eras on the road for sev­eral months and some­times it is ‘ like a race track’.

Tory coun­cil­lor Ian Davis said there is a need driv­ers to curb their speed on the road and has taken up the mat­ter with both the Ayr­shire Roads Al­liance and the coun­cil’s Part­ner­ship Panel.

He in­sisted there was speed­ing all the way along Whitletts Road, Nurs­ery Hall to King Street.

Coun­cil­lor Davis said a per­ma­nent speed cam­era may be the only so­lu­tion to the speed­ing is­sue.

Slow down A tem­po­rary speed cam­era mon­i­tor­ing ve­hi­cles for six weeks in Whitletts Road

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