DRIV­ERS FLOUT TRAF­FIC LIGHTS

Mo­torists in Springholm snub con­tro­ver­sial sig­nals

The Galloway News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE -

STUART GILLE­SPIE Tens of thou­sands of driv­ers have been ig­nor­ing Springholm’s con­tro­ver­sial traf­fic lights.

The sig­nals are de­signed to change to red when traf­fic trav­el­ling above 30 mph ap­proaches.

How­ever, fig­ures from Scot­land Transerv show that more than a fifth of traf­fic isn’t stop­ping when the red lights are show­ing – nearly 18 months af­ter the sys­tem was in­stalled.

Galloway and West Dum­fries MSP, Fin­lay Car­son, said: “Run­ning the red lights is still hap­pen­ing on far too fre­quent a ba­sis and those do­ing that should be toughly pros­e­cuted.

“The lights should only be a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion ahead of by­pass­ing the vil­lage.

“The so­lu­tion is not only about con­trol­ling speed, it is also about a pos­i­tive way of life for those liv­ing in Springholm.”

Of­fi­cials from Scot­land TranServ, Trans­port Scot­land and the po­lice re­cently or­gan­ised a meet­ing in the vil­lage to update res­i­dents on how the sys­tem has been work­ing.

Their stats showed the lights had led to a drop in av­er­age speeds at the four lo­ca­tions in the vil­lage they had been mon­i­tor­ing, al­though it was still above the 30mph limit in some places.

Their fig­ures also re­vealed that since the lights were in­stalled in late 2017, they have been ac­ti­vated by speed­ing ve­hi­cles more than 370,000 times.

And on nearly 80,000 oc­ca­sions, peo­ple have run the red light.

A Scot­land Transerv spokesman said: “The Trans­port Scot­land and Scot­land TranServ pre­sen­ta­tion, and the suc­cess of the Springholm lights was widely wel­comed by lo­cal res­i­dents who ap­pre­ci­ate that the road safety project has helped to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the num­ber of driv­ers speed­ing through the vil­lage.

“The large ma­jor­ity of driv­ers use the lights cor­rectly but we are cur­rently work­ing with Po­lice Scot­land to more di­rectly ad­dress mo­torists who speed through the vil­lage.

“Not only are they ig­nor­ing road traf­fic leg­is­la­tion but also en­dan­ger­ing other road users.”

A po­lice spokesman added: “We ac­knowl­edge the work that is on­go­ing with part­ners to re­solve the is­sues aris­ing in Springholm.”

Mr Car­son is set to meet with road safety cam­paign­ers in Springholm in a bid to find a way for­ward.

Con­cern Fin­lay Car­son at the lights

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