Speed kings risk lives on Moredon road
DRIVERS are still ignoring speed restrictions on a road in Moredon despite the hard work of a volunteer group.
Hundreds of drivers have been caught breaking the speed limit along Akers Way in the last two months despite the presence of the Moredon Speedwatch team.
The busy main road, which has a speed limit of 30mph, has become increasingly hazardous with drivers ignoring speed restrictions and in the two months that the speedwatch volunteers have been running checks they have seen hundreds of drivers speeding with many exceeding 50mph.
The voluntary Community Speedwatch group in Moredon, which was set up in April, has been carrying out speed gun checks in Moredon Road and Akers Way, but while they have seen speeds drop dramatically in Moredon Road the same results have not been seen in Akers Way.
At a speed check on July 3, 92 drivers were caught doing between 31mph and 34mph while 46 drivers were caught doing between 35mph and 44mph.
Sarah Evans, chairwoman of the speedwatch group, said: “What we have done on Moredon Road you can really see the results and it is fantastic, and we expected to see the same on Akers Way but it is just not coming down.
“From what we have seen when we have been out on checks it is just an accident waiting to happen. We are even starting to recognise some of the same cars now on checks that are consistently breaking the speed limit.
“I would hope that a lot of drivers have seen what we are doing and are now more aware of the speed limit along the road.
“I would just ask drivers to think of the consequences and the devastating effects that an accident could have on people’s lives.”
Neighbourhood police sergeant Nick Mawson and Swindon Council localities officer Michelle Matthews have helped get the group up and running.
When someone is flagged speeding their details are collated by the Community Safety Partnership before being sent to the police for possible enforcement action.
Sgt Mawson said: “This road is a wide open road so it has the feel of a road that should have a 40mph speed limit but the speed limit is 30mph for a reason.
“We are seeing high speeds of 50mph and 51mph which are just not acceptable and we want to make it clear that action will be taken.
“The volunteers have done really well in trying to tackle the issue and being here as often as they can.
“Maybe the 30mph limit needs to be more significant along this road so it is clear to drivers what speed they should be doing.
“The speed on this road has to come down or there is going to be an accident involving one of the school children or a resident from the estates.”
The group is always looking for volunteers to join patrols and training can be provided. Email moredon.speedwatch @yahoo.co.uk, follow @moredon_watch or call Swindon Council localities officer Michelle Matthews on 01793 466571.
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