Police to tackle speeding epidemic in Long Sutton

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Police are planning “extra enforcement” to tackle speeding and anti-social driving in Long Sutton following a public outcry over irresponsible drivers.

Around 800 people have signed a petition asking for a clampdown on speeders, drivers pulling doughnuts – circling at speed to make tyres screech – and drink-driving.

Residents aired their views at a public meeting on Thursday and now police, the county council and the parish council are looking at steps to combat the problems.

Sgt Gareth Boxall, who attended Thursday’s meeting, said: “I tried to be honest with those present about how Lincolnshire Police can enforce traffic offences.

“Officers do have to patrol and respond to all emergencies across all towns and villages in the Holbeach and Suttons area.

“It is clear, though, that officers are needed in Long Sutton to tackle these issues and they will do this when they can.

“I am currently agreeing a plan with the neighbourhood policing team to provide extra enforcement of traffic offences, especially speeding.

“The methods of analysing when and where the biggest speed problems are in the town would be very beneficial in allowing us to efficiently spend time in Long Sutton to enforce road traffic legislation.

“We do rely heavily on members of the public reporting these problems to us via 101, but please be mindful that we really do need to know at least the registration number of the vehicle.

“I look forward to working with Lincolnshire County Council, Long Sutton Parish Council and those who arranged the meeting to reduce the traffic related problems that Long Sutton has been suffering.”

Parish council chairman Ruth Barber has asked for the issue to be put on the council’s agenda for its meeting at 7pm on Thursday.

Thursday’s public meeting on traffic calming was also attended by the county council’s executive member for highways, Richard Davies.

Sue Smith, one of the seven strong group who organised the meeting, said: “It all depends if they come up with the goods and the council spends some money – that’s the bottom line. We haven’t asked for anything – we are open to their suggestions as to what can be done.”

Calls for traffic calming were prompted in part by two serious crashes on London Road, but problems extend to speeding, anti-social driving and drink-driving.