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Plea for speed cameras in Birkenshaw
9:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
More than half of drivers break the speed limit on a village road, new figures reveal.
Now ward councillors are demanding that speed cameras be installed.
The new figures come from a Speed Indication Device (SID), which recorded traffic movements on Whitehall Road above Birkenshaw Bar between October 2012 and June 2013.
The SID is one of two funded by the ward councillors, through the Batley, Birstall and Birkenshaw area committee.
The device also shows that over the survey period 187 vehicles were doing more than 70mph and 40 were recorded at speeds of more than 80mph.
Councillor Andrew Palfreeman (Con, Birstall and Birkenshaw) said: “These results confirm what we and local residents have been saying for years. Vehicles enter Birkenshaw too fast.
“They put other responsible drivers and pedestrians at risk. Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents and the risk of death is about four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph.
“What would happen if someone was in the way of those idiots who were driving over 60mph? To drive over 70 and 80 in a residential area is irresponsible and, quite frankly, potentially murderous.”
Coun Palfreeman said while the road was a prime spot for a spped camera, national guidelines meant that cameras could not be introduced until there was a record of fatal or serious accidents.
He said: “The ridiculous situation is that we need some of our constituents killed or seriously injured before permanent cameras will be considered. Irrespective we will be asking the police to enforce the speed limit and campaigning for cameras.”
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