Mudbound road closed due to dangerous drivers in Broughton Gifford
Motorists driving dangerously down muddy country lanes prompted police to close off a road in Broughton Gifford last Sunday.
Melksham Lane was closed to the public following reports of cars driving too quickly along the stretch between the junction of the B3107 and The Street.
David Mortimer, owner of Norrington Gate Farm, had displayed temporary traffic signs warning motorists of the increased mud on the road as he harvested maize from a nearby field, but called the police when it became clear cars were still driving too fast in the potentially dangerous road conditions.
He said: “we had the signs up as we always do, but I couldn’t believe that people were just ignoring them.
“I rang the police as I could foresee problems here, with cars coming past at 40 to 50 mph”.
Wiltshire Police closed the stretch of road to allow Mr Mortimer to finish harvesting and wash the road clean.
The police advise motorists to always drive to suit the current surroundings, and that under some road conditions driving at the speed limit can still be too fast.
Mr Mortimer added: “It’s not a problem when the fields are dry, and no farmer wants to get mud on the road, but when we have got the signs up, a little cooperation is all that’s needed.”