Residents of the village of Southorpe have launched their Speedwatch campaign to improve road safety after becoming concerned about the number of drivers breaking the speed limit in the area. The campaign has shown a degree of success with more than 100 drivers being caught breaking the speed limit since Speedwatch began. Speeds of 45mph have been recorded by the group of volunteers, despite the fact that drivers are aware of the volunteers monitoring the roads. A group of 12 volunteers have been given Speedwatch training and high visibility clothing and speed monitoring equipment to detect speeding drivers on Main Street; a route often used by drivers passing between Stamford and Peterborough.
However, the 30mph speed limit is often broken causing concern among the villagers as there is no footpath in the middle of the village. One resident, Victoria Haynes, is parent to two children under 13 and is part of the Speedwatch group. She states that the lack of a footpath prevents young people and the elderly from going out in the area and has expressed concern for her children’s safety due to speeding drivers. Two phases of monitoring were carried out, with 55 speeding drivers caught in the first phase and 66 in the second. All details were handed to the police who carried out enforcement action.
Speeding and road fatalities
Speeding is one of the top reasons for fatality on the road, particularly among more vulnerable road users such as young pedestrians and cyclists. More campaigns similar to Speedwatch are aimed at preventing serious accidents and death on the roads, but many drivers are still irresponsible and needlessly break the speed limit putting lives at risk every day. There may be an accident if you choose to break the speed limit, and your chances of being involved in a serious road traffic accident will significantly increase. However, if you have been involved in a road traffic accident where someone else was negligent while driving, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Claiming personal injury compensation
If you wish to seek no-obligation advice about claiming compensation, you can give our team a call at Accident Advice Helpline. We issue advice on various personal injury claims, including road traffic accidents, provided that the accident was someone else’s fault and occurred within the last three years. Our team will provide a sympathetic ear to those in need of advice about compensation and we offer a no win, no fee* service which enables you to pursue your case without any upfront costs.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown