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Man clocked at 47mph during speed crackdown

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 19, 2013

17/04/13 pic of speed project - junction of woods lane and Violet way, Briz Valley speed project in Briz Valley .L-R: Bill Warrilow, Cllr Bernard Peters, Lynda Peters

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SPEEDS of nearly 50mph have been clocked on roads throughout a residential area during a speeding clampdown.

Bernard Peters, who represents Brizlincote Valley on East Staffordshire Borough Council, revealed that one driver was caught careering through the area at 47mph - 17 mph above the speed limit.

The motorist was caught during a blitz on speeding that took place over two days.

He told the Mail: “In just two-and-a-half hours over two days we clocked 298 cars driving through Violet Way and Beaufort Road, in Brizlincote Valley.

“Of these cars, eight per cent were speeding and we recorded speeds of between 36 and 47mph.

“Although the 47mph speed was at the extreme end of the scale, it is still very worrying that people are going through the area that fast.|

“I think this data shows, yet again, that the traffic calming measures that we have are not adequate.”

Councillor Peters, who took part in the operation along with other Brizlincote Speedwatch members, reflected on a recent incident to back up his claims that speed is a major issue.

He added: “Just recently we had an incident where a van driver smashed into a collision barrier just yards away from a bus stop regularly used by children.

“This man was speeding and it is a perfect example of how if something is not done, someone will get seriously hurt in the future.

“It is very frustrating to see these types of things happening and knowing that nothing is really being doing about it.

“We need better traffic calming measures in the area and soon.

“However, we will continue to track speeders and even if people see us and slow down that is a start.”

Councillor Peters also told the Mail how a recent meeting with Staffordshire Police should see Brizlincote Valley benefit.

He said: “I recently met with the police and discussed their plans to the area.

“While we don’t see many police walking the beat, there are more driving through.

“Hopefully we can all work together to make the area the very best that it can be.”

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  • Roger10  |  April 26 2013, 2:06PM

    Ok so there is never an excuse for speeding particularly in a built up area and the police cannot be everywhere but these people really need to find something better to do with their time!

  • ReaderW  |  April 26 2013, 8:49AM

    8% of cars were recorded driving in excess of 30mph. Based upon these figures there is surely no argument to suggest that further traffic calming initiatives are introduced along that road?! Having lived on the Valley for over 5 years before recently moving away from the estate I personally have never seen a road traffic accident along that road... ever.

  • moonshine39  |  April 25 2013, 8:39PM

    I am just amazed at the Roads department not being able to come up with a solution after years and years of concern and incidents! The speed humps are a nightmare even at speeds of 5mph and certainly do not do the car or peoples bones any good at all. Schools and parents and parking thats a separate issue however maybe if they narrowed the road at points with a give way system at least it may slow traffic down a little without hampering Emergency vehicles and drivers movements.

  • ReaderW  |  April 22 2013, 12:54PM

    The main danger around Brizlincote Valley really arent people speeding down that road. The real danger is caused by the parents of children parking illegally and / or inconsiderately around the school gates at the start and close of each school day. They cause a dangerous obstruction of the road, pull out without looking, open car doors on to the raod, park on double yellow lines and on junctions without any consideration for anyone else trying to drive carefully down the road. It will be the drivers on the school runs that will cause an accident rather than someone driving 17 mph over the speed limit. If the police really considered speeding an issue down the road they would be policing it themselves.

  • choccy  |  April 19 2013, 5:23PM

    Here we go again, Im sure they would make it a private road if they could. 47 in a 30 is reckless,but expecting everyone on the road to drive at dead-on the speed limit is daft. These drivers who would have you believe that they are the safest on the road, but when it comes to being able to indicate, or pulling out in front of you, they aren't aware anyone else maybe around.

  • mickshipton  |  April 19 2013, 3:04PM

    jane67 - what point are you trying to make as your statement is nonsensical?

  • jane67  |  April 19 2013, 3:00PM

    do these people not drive, I for one do the speed limit, and am constantly tailgated by other road users as I am not going fast enough for them. It isn't just Brizlincote that has problems, lots of places do, its just that they don't keep whinging about it.