14:07 Friday 19 April 2013

Man clocked at 47mph during speed crackdown

Written byROB SMYTH

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

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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