VOLUNTEERS dedicated to bringing an end to speeding in a Burton suburb have revealed that safety concerns are hampering their efforts.
Members of the Brizlincote Valley speedwatch team have been trying for years to put an end to reckless driving through the area.
However, attempts to patrol the worst hit section of the valley, Beaufort Road, have been abandoned due to fears over their safety.
Adrian Cowan, speedwatch member and Brizlincote parish councillor, said: “We can’t operate a patrol in that area as it has been deemed not safe.
“It has been tried, but the speed in which cars navigate the bends at the top of Beaufort Road is not conducive to stepping out and pointing a speed gun at drivers.
“It only takes one moment for them to look at us and lose concentration for the unthinkable to happen.”
“I am afraid we just cannot do it where people are asking due to safety concerns.”
However, it was revealed that a Staffordshire Police risk assessment of the site did deem it safe for use as a speedwatch area.
A recent collation of data from speedwatch sessions in Brizlincote showed that between August 12 and September 769 vehicles were analysed during five separate sessions.
One took place between 8.30am to 9.30am and the other four took place between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.
A total of 121 vehicles were found to be driving in excess of 36mph.
The highest record speed during recent speedwatch checks was a motorcyclist doing 58mph in the 30mph area.
The situation of speed in Brizlincote has been a bone of contention of several years now.
The speedwatch campaign sprang to life in 2010 but incidents of reckless driving continue to plague the roads scattered across the valley.
In February, the situation came to a head when a collision barrier was destroyed by a drink-driver – just yards away from a bus stop which children use each day.
Bernard Peters, ward councillor for Brizlincote Valley on East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “Traffic problems are an ongoing concern in the area.
“I will continue to push for better traffic calming measures in Brizlincote Valley.
“The need for changes was further emphasised by the recent results of a speed survey, which showed that people were still speeding in the area.”