Move to slow drivers in town

Parish councillor Jack Tyrrell.
Parish councillor Jack Tyrrell.
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New speed reactive signs have gone up in trouble spots in Long Sutton in a bid to put the brakes on drivers who flout the law.

The signs are currently sited in London Road and Gedney Road, but they will be switched to other locations including Roman Bank, Seagate Road, Station Road, Lime Walk and Woad Lane to keep drivers on their toes.

Long Sutton Parish Council has spent around £5,000 on the signs from a £15,000 pot it pledged to help combat speeding in the town.

The move follows a public meeting and a petition last year, which was signed by hundreds of residents who were backing a clampdown on speeding, drink-driving and irresponsible drivers pulling “doughnuts” in the streets of Long Sutton.

The outcry was partly prompted by two serious crashes on London Road, one where a car went through a wall and another where a vehicle landed on its roof.

Parish councillor Jack Tyrrell, who works on the team Slow Down, Keep Long Sutton Safe, said the town isn’t having as much trouble with boy racers at the moment but speeding is still an issue and it appears it’s mostly older people who are at fault.

He said the new signs will collect data on the speeds of vehicles – and if they show that drivers are speeding at particular spots, it will then prove to the police that there is a real problem and they should take action.

Coun Tyrrell said: “You can’t falsify this data and it will show one way or another whether there’s a problem, which is what we want to know really.”