Speed camera to put the brakes on drivers
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