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Warning to drivers as 20 caught speeding on South Derbyshire road in an hour

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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MOTORISTS along a ‘dangerous’ stretch of road in South Derbyshire have been warned they are being watched after 20 vehicles were caught speeding in the space of an hour.

Parish councillors and volunteers carried out the operation in Sandcliffe Road, Midway, after it was flagged up as being a problem area.

The speedwatch team insisted they would be returning to the road with so many motorists caught flouting the law in a relatively short space of time.

Hartshorne parish councillor Pat Murray said he was concerned there could be an accident if drivers do not slow down.

He said: “It was surprising just how many vehicles were caught doing over 35mph.

“The reason we were down on Sandcliffe Road was because concerns about speeding traffic have been aired.

“The road itself is very dangerous. Down by the Masons Arms there are four of five turnings off it and it’s amazing the amount of people who speed down there.”

Councillor Murray said he hoped motorists being aware of the speedwatch team’s presence would make them think about watching their speed.

Anyone who is caught speeding three times will have their details passed to the police.

But he said he did not believe there was any need for traffic-calming measures to be installed, instead saying the responsibility lies with drivers.

He said: “I don’t think measures are needed, I think it’s just bad motorists and it’s about keeping to the appropriate speed.

“We will be doing these operations more often so we’re saying to drivers we will be there in our distinctive clothing.

“I hope they listen to the warnings.”

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