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Wrentham crackdown on speeding

PUBLISHED: 12:07 13 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:20 06 July 2010

OFFICERS from Southwold and Halesworth Safer Neighbourhood (SNT) are continuing to crackdown on speeding in Southwold Road in Wrentham as one of the team's priorities.

OFFICERS from Southwold and Halesworth Safer Neighbourhood (SNT) are continuing to crackdown on speeding in Southwold Road in Wrentham as one of the team's priorities.

This follows concerns raised at a community panel meeting last month by local residents and parish council chairman David Reeves.

Mr Reeves said: “We have had complaints from local residents about the speed some people drive and so we sent a couple of councillors to the community panel meeting for Southwold and Halesworth to suggest that there should be a greater effort in curbing speeding on the road. As a result, that is what is happening.

“Wrentham Parish Council is also hoping to join a couple of other parish councils and very soon obtain a speed gun for use by a community speed watch group to continue trying to reduce the problem of speeding.”

Officers from Southwold and Halesworth SNT are regularly attending the site and monitoring traffic speeds with the use of a laser speed device.

Fixed Penalty Notices are being issued where appropriate but the main focus is educating drivers to the dangers of speeding.

Police Constable Christopher Sadler of Southwold and Halesworth SNT said: “It has become quite obvious to me that too many motorists drive too fast through the 30mph speed limit in Southwold Road.

“Sadly, it is now equally obvious to one local motorist who a few days ago I caught doing 50mph. She will be going to court where I expect she will get several points on her licence and she will also find her insurance premium is a lot more expensive next year.

“The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents state that in accidents between cars and pedestrians, 80pc of pedestrians will survive a collision where the car was travelling at 30mph but only 10pc will survive a collision where the car travels at 40mph.

“It is a big difference and although some motorists think a few miles an hour faster doesn't matter, it does if they hit someone and that is why there are speed limits in residential areas.”

The next community panel meeting for the Southwold and Halesworth SNT is at 5.30pm on Wednesday at the Edgar Sewter Primary School in Halesworth.

Local people are encouraged to come along and discuss their concerns in order to help decide what future priorities should be tackled by the police and partnership agencies.

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