'Classic example' of location for speed gun checks

PUBLISHED: 19:52 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 11 May 2010

COUNCILLORS have been told that vehicles are speeding at up to 60mph in a residential area. And now members of North Herts District Council s Royston area committee want safety measures introduced. They will be urging police to carry out a speed check in

COUNCILLORS have been told that vehicles are speeding at up to 60mph in a residential area.

And now members of North Herts District Council's Royston area committee want safety measures introduced.

They will be urging police to carry out a speed check in Barkway Road, Royston and calling on the council's Joint Highways Panel to look at other measures.

Cllr Tony Hunter said: "This is a classic example of where a radar gun to check speeding could be used."

He pointed out that last year the committee had purchased a radar gun for the police to be used in the area.

The move came after Ray Griffin, a resident of 40 years in Barkway Road, had told members that although it "seems incredible" there were vehicles travelling at an estimated 60mph.

He estimated that more than half the vehicles using Barkway Road were breaking the 30mph speed limit.

"All we are trying to do is prevent an accident," he said. "We've been trying to get a radar check, but it seems it cannot be done."

Mr Griffin said that in the past he had suggested the installation of a flashing speed sign, but was told that there had to be at least three deaths in road accidents on the stretch of road to justify such a move.

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